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The dos and don’ts of nanny cams

Do you have a "nanny cam" in your house, or do you plan on installing one in the future? It's not unreasonable to want to make sure that everything is running smoothly while you're at work, which is why many parents opt for this technological device. However, there are certain boundaries you shouldn't overstep if you use this feature. Take a look at the dos and don'ts of using a nanny cam, which will ensure that the trust between you and your nanny isn't broken.

  • Bring it up in the interview: If you're interviewing a new nanny applicant and already have used nanny cams in the past, it's a good idea to bring this up in the interview. If your nanny understands your reasoning, she will likely accept this fact with open arms. However, if she's hesitant to work in a home with a camera, this could be a red flag.
  • Communication is key: Installing a nanny cam may stem from lack of trust you have with your nanny. If so, it's important to express your concerns without going behind her back.
  • Don't hide the cameras without notifying your employee first: "You want to hire a nanny to become a member of your team," writes Kelley Farrell of Chicago Now.  "As the saying goes, 'whether it's good or it's bad, you'll always find what you're looking for.' If you treat your nanny like a suspect from the start, that's a recipe for disaster."

If you're looking for a new nanny to watch over your children, be sure to contact Colonial Domestic Agency! We background check all of our applicants to ensure that you're hiring a trusted and hard-working employee.