Monday, August 13, 2007


Homesight Monitoring Systems Make Safeguarding Your Child Easy

When families need to choose a home monitoring system, the choices can be overwhelming. According to Deborah Smith, President of Parents with Nannies Inc , the decision doesn’t have to be difficult. In the past, families often relied on home-taping systems. Instead, Smith encourages real-time viewing technology, such as the Homesight system from Xanboo.

“We’ve never endorsed a video-taping situation because we don’t believe that children should be put in harm’s way until Mom or Dad get home,” says Smith. In other words, the goal shouldn’t be to catch a nanny in the act.

Instead, Smith urges the use of real-time systems that are out in the open. Just like professionals in other industries, she notes, most nannies are comfortable with being monitored -- as long as they know about it. As one nanny remarked, “By being open to nanny candidates about the home monitoring system, it will freak out the bad apples and please the professionals.”

The easy-to-install Homesight system provides users with real-time video feeds from their computer, cell phone, or PDA. In addition to helping parents monitor a childcare provider, the Homesight system helps users keep an eye on pets or teens. “It’s also a great way for families to stay connected while Mom or Dad is away on business,” Smith says.

Homesight video feeds are 100% secure. While most wireless video cameras send signals to a nearby base station, making them vulnerable to interception, the Homesight system sends its feeds via power lines directly around the home.

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Anonymous said...

I am a professional career nanny-
and I feel there are many "free" options to installing a nanny cam- and ensuring that you have a good nanny.

But if a parent needs a nanny cam to feel comfortable enough to leave their child(ren) in the care of a nanny- then that is their choice.

But while you are waiting for your nanny cam to be installed"


*Check references yourself- don't rely on nanny agencies to give you all the details.

*Ask to see originals of the nannies: driver’s license, CPR/1St Aid. Cards/Diplomas (a good nanny will be proud to show her accomplishments!)

*Call home at different times during the day to check in.
If your nanny often sounds frazzled or upset or if the children are usually crying- that should be a warning sign.

*Drop by at unexpected times.

*Have neighbors drop by or have a neighbor, friend, relative drop by unannounced.

* Meet up with the nanny during the day for lunch or at your child's classes? (...or have someone else you know have playdates with them? and then give you feedback on how they feel the nanny and your child interact?)

*See how your child responds to the nanny-
see how nanny responds to the child-
Are they happy to see each other? (I know there can be certain separation anxiety issues, but on a whole, is the child comfortable with the nanny?)

*How does your home look at the end of the day? Is the nanny able and capable of completing her required duties each day? (..does the nanny take care and pride with your child's things? or does she just throw them around?)

*Communicate and let your nanny know she/he can talk openly with you at anytime.

*Have the nanny keep a daily detailed child/nanny log. ( should have one, as it will open the lines of communication and where you can keep an on-going record of your child's day.)

*Have the nanny video tape and take pictures.
A serious nanny will:

~ Continue her involvement in child-related education

~Keep current her CPR and 1st Aid Certification

~Be a member of a nanny support group.

~Be a member of a nanny organization, such as, the National Association for Nanny Care (NANC)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

I feel if a parent has a bad feeling they need to act on that and go with their gut.
That is why I think families should only hire nannies with at least two full years of nanny experience and stellar references if their children are under 4 years old.

Other good signs to be certain your nanny and your child are a good match are:

~Is your child thriving under the nannies care?

~Is the nanny enthusiastic to share new developments and milestones your child has reached or gives you feedback on how to help your child?

These are the things that are going to give you peace of mind.

To learn more about:
~Hiring a qualified nanny

~What interview questions to ask to ensure a good match

~How to determine a fair nanny salary

~Family/nanny work agreements

~Misc. "nanny" tips

Please e-mail:

I am not a business,.... just a nanny who wants all children to receive quality care.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to hear someone articulate that the goal of a nanny cam should not be to catch a bad nanny in the act. The idea is that the nanny cam will deter someone from hurting our children in the first place. So often parents install one and don't tell the nanny and in my opinion that's a mistake.

Regarding the nanny who said "it will freak out the bad apples and please the professionals." I couldn't have put it better myself. The same thing goes for the license plates that attach to the stroller ( Anyone who knows their business will welcome the praise and those who might be "bad apples" will be scared away.