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Choosing a Nanny Cam: Body Worn vs. Stationary



Most parents want their children to be safe. For parents who employ a nanny or babysitter, one of the best ways to keep your children secure when you or your spouse cannot be home is to install and use a nanny cam. Two primary types of these cameras are available on the market today: Body-worn modular cameras and stationary home cameras. When it comes to surveillance to protect the children of working parents or guardians, each type of camera offers children different degrees of protection, and each type has certain advantages and drawbacks.

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Body Worn Cameras

Advantages:

  1. The primary advantage to a body camera is that it is modular. This is important if your child is cared for away from home. You can place a body-worn camera in a stuffed animal, diaper bag, car seat or other item that accompanies the child. This ensures the safety of the child from abusive behavior or neglect that occurs in places where parents cannot reasonably monitor their nannies and children.
  2. Cost is the second advantage to body style cameras. A single camera can follow a babysitter and child around, whereas a stationary camera must be affixed in a single room, often necessitating the use of multiple cameras to fully ensure the child’s safety.

Disadvantages:

  1. The first problem with a modular camera is that it is unreliable. It could capture illicit behavior on the part of the nanny, or it could film nothing more than the inside of a car if the camera is left in the back seat for hours while the child is taken to the park.
  2. Recording time is the second problem with body-worn cameras because they are often smaller and are limited to the life of the battery they contain. You can purchase motion-activated versions, but considering the level of motion a body-worn camera will encounter, it will often record little that is useful.
  3. Expectation of privacy and discovery of the camera run hand in hand as the third problem. Parents cannot predict where these cameras will be taken, which means that they could accidentally film restrooms and other places where it illegal to film without the express consent of those being filmed. The invasion of privacy can make nannies or babysitters feel as though they are being used as spy cameras that violate their privacy if they find the camera. Both situations can lead to costly litigation.

Stationary Cameras

Advantages:

  1. Stationary cameras have a much longer recording time; they are typically able to record entire days or even weeks depending on what type of camera they are. This means around the clock safety for your child and your home.
  2. The stationary choice also prevents any allegation of wrongdoing. Since it is placed in your family’s home, so long as it you keep it in public locations, it is entirely legal. Using such a camera will prevent any risk of running afoul of the law.
  3. This choice of camera is much easier to disguise. Many of these spy cameras are designed to operate as working clocks, radios, outlets or fire alarms, which makes them nearly impossible to detect, which further means that they are more likely to catch footage of a nanny’s negligence, mistreatment or theft. Models such as the DVRMDC by Streetwise Security and the SVAT PI-300 are both innocuous and powerful models that appear to be alarm clocks.

Disadvantages:

  1. The only real drawback to using a stationary camera is that unless it is in the room where wrongdoing occurs, it is of very little use. Placement is therefore very important. Additionally, if your child is mistreated outside of your home, there will be no video evidence. This means that multiple units are required for different rooms, increasing the cost. Thankfully, these cameras usually cost less than their body-worn counterparts do.

The use of any kind of nanny cam is advisable for anyone who does not fully trust his or her nanny, or who wishes to record the nanny for performance appraisal. A combination of both kinds of cameras is often the best way to record as much of what goes on in your child’s day-to-day life as possible.