Nanny Cams: Better Parental Control, or Violation of Caregiver Privacy?

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Parents Struggle to Balance Control, Trust

"I think it's a double-edged sword sometimes," Val Neustadt said. " Because I think less is more. So it's kind of like I think if, what you don't know is better … I think it's a little micro-managing, you know. And I just feel you have to be trustful."

"You know, my daughter's at the age where she's starting to tell me some things. And I don't know if they're true or not. Or what to believe," another mother said. " And it's more so like I kind of wish there was a way that I could actually have my eyes on, well, you know, just what goes on when I'm not there."

"Of course, I want to know what's going on when I'm not there. But if I, for a second, doubt that she's doing anything that's not in the best interest of my children, I think I should just let her go … there's no reason to have somebody that you don't trust in your house all the time," someone else noted.

Another woman said jealousy could factor into the enhanced monitoring.

"You know, my daughter's at the age where she's starting to tell me some things. And I don't know if they're true or not. Or what to believe," Allison Citron, the mother of two children, said. " And it's more so like I kind of wish there was a way that I could actually have my eyes on, well, you know, just what goes on when I'm not there."

"Of course, I want to know what's going on when I'm not there. But if I, for a second, doubt that she's doing anything that's not in the best interest of my children, I think I should just let her go … there's no reason to have somebody that you don't trust in your house all the time," Bena Shah, the mother of a young daughter, said.

Another woman said jealousy could factor into the enhanced monitoring.

"You know, there are days where I'm, you know … know I need to go to work and I don't really want to. And I'm, you know, I'm resentful of my nanny that she gets to stay home and be with him when I'm not there. So I definitely think that that would be the impetus to, like, be more micro-managing the situation," Amy Greenbaum, a working mom with one young son, said.

"GMA" also spoke to nannies, who themselves were divided on the issue of monitoring.

"Nanny monitoring? I think if you're doing a good job, you shouldn't worry about it. I don't have a problem with it," one nanny said.

But another nanny said she didn't like it.

"It makes you feel very on edge and very careful – not yourself," she said.

Nanny Cam Business is Booming, Owner Says

Rhyder McClure has no reservations about nanny monitoring. His nanny cam business enables parents, grandparents and friends to watch a nanny from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.

The cameras can run from about $400 to $4,000, and McClure says 20 percent of his clients fire their nannies within a day of installing the equipment.

That's because parents have observed nannies "shaking children, slapping children, ignoring children … The baby would be on the floor crying, or on the couch, and they'll be gone, you know … doing something else," he said.

Melanie Hamilton says she's not sure what, if anything, she'll do to monitor any nanny she hires.

Right now, the new mom says she's busy scanning the nanny boards on the Baby Bites website, and taking things one step at a time.

"He is my most precious cargo. And, so, I want somebody who cares about him ... you know, almost as deeply as I care about him. Although, I know that's probably not possible," she said, laughing.

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