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Best of the Forums: Nanny Cams- Should I Tell My Nanny?

Posted By Melissa McKenzie, Monday, January 1, 2018

Need some advice : We're first time parents and hiring a nanny for our 4 month old. We decided to put some Nest cameras around the house after hearing some horror stories with nannies and I personally enjoying checking in on my son while at work. Should we tell the nanny about the cameras ( although they are apparent) and how do we explain/ communicate it without being offensive? We trust her and honestly don't think we NEED them but they provide some reassurance.

Has anyone had a successful conversation with their nannies about their cams?

  • We asked our nanny to get a Trustline background check that we offered to pay for and she passed the check. After that she was aware of our front house camera and baby room camera.
  •  If cameras have audio enabled, you are obligated to tell her. For ours, I gave our nanny access to the feed, but we only used for nursery - we explained that it was a tool for all of us to use for nap training. If the cameras are throughout your house, just say you miss your kids and want to be able to peek in on them during the day.
  • You should tell her they are there - i have yet to see an offended nanny. I think they expect it. If you have a good nanny you won't even end up using the cameras.
  • I think its pretty standard to have cams in the house. We told ours from the start and she said sure that's ok with it. In fact I would be alarmed if the nanny didn't seem ok with it.
  • Yes, if they are audio enable you have to tell her also if they are recording. I have several cameras around the house. I bought them for security purposes before having a nanny.
  • One way to think about this is that trust needs to go both ways. I think we all would be very dismayed and would lose trust if we found out our employer had a hidden camera on us. I think you’ve made a great decision to talk with her about this and encourage you to go in to the conversation with confidence. There is no need for excuses - you thrive on information and updates and this is one way to get them! By the same token you might discuss with your caregiver,eg, a desire to be texted pictures and lay out other methods of communication you can have as a family. (Including your social media policy.) Best wishes!

Thank you to our members for offering their advice on this thread! It is so helpful for those with more experience to chime in on topics like this.  Keep posting your questions and comments in our Facebook group!

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