In June 2018, a Seattle area nanny was caught on a nanny camera abusing a child. The family installed the camera after receiving a tip. She was charged with child assault.
In July 2018, a nanny cam showed a Kent babysitter repeatedly assaulting a three month old baby. She was charged with child assault.
In July of this year, another nanny in the Seattle area was caught on camera shaking a 10 month old baby. She was charged with child assault.
These situations are extremely upsetting to hear about, and for some parents it is the reason they shy away from working with sitters or nannies.
It’s important to note that these stories are not the norm – Seattle has a fantastic nanny community made up of many caring individuals who would never harm a child. In fact, the Seattle nanny community was instrumental in bringing the nanny from the June 2018 incident to justice – and policing the nanny forums when that particular individual tried to continue to offer child care services even after her arrest.
When parents hear about these stories they often discuss installing a nanny cam.
However, nanny cams are not just for catching those endangering children. There can be many benefits to nanny cam monitoring as well.