Transcript for Mom Uses FaceTime for Virtual Babysitting
First up virtual baby-sitting. Using technology like facetime to keep an eye on your child while you work nearby. Parents say it's the perfect solution. Others say not enough personal time and Abbie Boudreau checked in on the debate. Hi, mom. Hi, mom. We have been trying to get in touch with you all day. Reporter: Any "Modern family" knows using facetime to keep track of your kids could be a life saver. Mila kunitz using virtual help. We have my parents, lucky, live down the street. We have them do a monitor sitting because the baby goes down to sleep and they have to watch the monitor. Reporter: But raffi is using this high-tech helping hand to baby-sit her almost 2-year-old son. Facetime helps me pretty much get those little chunks of time that I need. Usually lasts about, ooh, I would say 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes you can go as long as an hour. Reporter: Instead of plopping him in front of the TV while she tries getting work done -- Bye. Reporter: About twice a week out-of-state relatives keep an eye on him over facetime. He's always in the same room. My line of sight is available. Reporter: Still she shays there has been close calls. He was on the bed about to roll off and my sister is like, hey, hey, he's rolling. Reporter: While many moms calling this a clever and creative solution, many others quick to criticize saying this is blow beyond absurd and ridiculous. Babies and toddlers don't need constant stimulation. But psychologist Dr. Karen Stewart says using facetime to help monitor your child is harmless unless you go too far. So don't leave the house I guess -- Do not leave the house. Grandma in Chicago cannot baby-sit your child in los Angeles. Your facetime is not a baby-sitter. I think this is a great opportunity to interact with your family but it's not a real baby-sitter. This is a baby-sitter for you're in the next room literally ten feet away. Reporter: As long as her son is happy raffi says she'll keep doing it. If it wasn't something he didn't enjoy but you hear him laughing and smiling. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Abbie Boudreau, ABC news, Los Angeles. Thanks to Abbie for that. Dr. Janet Taylor joins us. You're not a fan. I'm not. High tech requires high touch. If you think about baby-sitting it is someone who provides care and comfort. There's no way a screen can provide care and comfort to a toddler or infant. I got to say I'm with you. American academy of pediatrics no screen time until 2 years old. Isn't facetime considered screen time gentleman. It is screen time but the fact is your child can have a screen and hole them because it's all about touch and connection so I get the fact -- I have four daughters. I get the fact you want them to connect people far away but hold your child and look at the screen together. Really nice idea. Another point that was brought up. How much stimulation do babies do? Do they need constant stimulation and how important is it for them to learn to entertain themselves? Can you put them in the playpen while running a shower. They can soothe themselves and provide their own stimulation but babies need touch, attachment, connect. Especially in this tech-driven world. That is how you learn about connecting with other people and our brains respond to touch. Do you have any tips for busy moms just to keep kids occupied other than maybe putting them in a playpen. If you have to do a chore do it with connect, put them in the playpen and fold the clothes, sing to them and make sure you're connected. Hire a baby-sitter if you can. If you can't afford it maybe swap baby-sitting time with a friend and then ask for what you need from your partner or spouse. Negotiate some time saying, listen, I know you've been working, I need some down time but let's stay connected. You can't get those years back. You cannot. First tip, it's totally fine to do your thing just have the baby there interacting. Our babies need love and connection. As much as you can. We get it. Thank you so much. Janet. We appreciate it.
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