It’s been a long time since we had our last conversation about Nanny Cams.
We’ve had a couple of suggestions for a post about them, but I have always resisted. Only about 15% of host parent readers who took our poll back then reported that they even considered using a nanny cam.
Personally, I really dislike the idea of a nanny cam, and think that if you’re considering using one, you’re better off rematching with an au pair you trust.
That said, a German au pair emailed asking that we address the topic:
Recently on a moderated au pair group we had a discussion about nanny cams. It seems to be that German au pairs sign in their contract that it is okay and that some states require the host parents to have permission and others don’t. I’d be really interested in what Host Parents think about nanny cams these days– whether people have them, why they have them, where they have them and if they disclose this to their au pairs.
Have any of you host parents changed you minds about using a nanny cam?
Anyone who swore they wouldn’t, and then did?
Personally, I’d rather have a kiddie cam, so that I could watch my adorbs kids all. day. long. But the school doesn’t allow that. sigh.