A nanny camera, is a hidden video camera that has been secretly installed within a common household object. A nanny camera cameras is usually used to secretly monitor and record the activities of home caregivers, hence the name "Nanny Camera" although it can be used to clandestinely record any activity.
Most Nanny Cameras can be connected to a VCR or DVR, either with a cable or by a wireless transmitter located in the nanny cam and a wireless receiver located at the VCR or DVR recording device.
The newest Nanny Camera models have a built in DVR that
will let you record digitally to a digital video recorder
built into the Nanny Camera.
Disadvantages of Using a Nanny Camera
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.
Other Uses For In-Home Surveillance
A nanny camera 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
studies indicate the leading reason continues to be to monitor care providers.
What Do Providers Think About Nanny Camera?
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. Some parents handle the situation by telling a potential care provider upfront that a nanny cam will be used so that they can feel comfortable and confident about their child's care. It's then up to the provider to accept or decline the position with a family who uses a nanny cam.
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