Protecting People, Property and Profits
|Using In-Home Surveillance
|Before You Consider Using In-Home Surveillance
More parents are considering using hidden in-home
surveillance devices to watch their child's caregiver.
Counter Spy Shops, an international retail chain, reports a
25 percent increase in sales of these devices--often called
"nanny cams,"--over the past five years. But is it a good
idea...or an invasion of privacy? Before you make this
decision, consider the following:
Advantages of Using a Nanny Cam
There are a variety of cameras available on the market
today. Most are wireless and can be hidden in almost any
type of household item from a plant to a stuffed animal.
And the prices vary, too, from about $100 for a basic
camera offering remote computer access to more than
$500 for digital systems, which can send video images live
via computer or cell phone. Peace of mind and confidence
in child care are reasons why some families opt to "spy"
on their child's provider.
Disadvantages of Using a Nanny Cam
Studies and polls show that many care providers are not
necessarily against video taping of child-provider
interaction, it's just that they want to know about it. It
seems to be a matter of trust and feeling of deception.
Nanny Cam May Leave Home Exposed
Other Uses For In-Home Surveillance
Spy cams can be used for many other reasons than just
child care. The device can be used while your home is
being cleaned, for occasional in-home sitter services, and
for security reasons. However, spy shops indicate the
leading reason continues to be to monitor care providers.
What Do Providers Think About Nanny Cams?
Do providers support the use of video cameras? While
media stories have focused on potential abuse and
inattention being reasons parents should consider using a
nanny cam, some sitters have indicated a camera can
provide a positive connection with the families while at
work. The rub seems to be when care providers are
secretly taped. In addition, more daycare centers are
installing cameras and even provide parents with the
ability to spot check and watch their child while at work.
Is It Legal To Use A Hidden Camera?
It is indeed legal in all 50 states to use a hidden camera.
However, it is illegal to record speech without a person's
consent in the following 15 states: California, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
Are More Daycares Starting To Use Cameras?
More daycare centers are installing cameras and even
provide parents with the ability to spot check and watch
their child while at work.
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