How Do Nanny Cams Work?

By Kathryn Hatter
A nanny may not care about being monitored as long as you disclose the nanny cam.

When you hire someone to care for your children in your home, you trust that this person will take care of your precious little ones. If doubt creeps into the picture, it may be time to refocus with a nanny cam. A nanny cam hides undetected in your home to secretly record activities that occur when you’re not home. It can be effective as long as you know how to use it.

Legalities of Nanny Cams

Nanny cams capture video recordings of activities in rooms in your home, but an actual nanny cam does not record audio. You have the legal right to install a hidden camera in your home as long as you do not place it in a bathroom or dressing room where a person would expect to have privacy, advises Robin Sax, author of “Predators and Child Molesters: What Every Parent Needs to Know to Keep Kids Safe.” Nanny cams typically record video without audio due to differing state laws about recording audio without a person’s consent.

Options for Hiding the Camera

Nanny cams record effectively thanks to their concealment. A nanny cam can be hidden inside a variety of every day items. Buy a nanny cam that fits with the room in which you plan to hide it. For example, a stuffed animal is ideal for a nanny cam in a nursery and a wall clock might be perfect for a nanny cam in a kitchen or living room. A nanny cam that looks like a speaker could sit unobtrusively on a shelf or bookcase.

Installing the Nanny Cam

For the nanny cam to work effectively, you must install it in a room where the children and caregiver interact frequently. Common living areas such as the kitchen, living room, family room and children’s bedrooms are optimal installation locations for a nanny cam. Nanny cams can be either wireless or wired. With a wireless nanny cam, connect the camera to your router as a wireless device. Wired cameras are less advantageous because they are more difficult to conceal.

Monitoring Activity

Once installed, view activities in live streaming from a mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet, according to an article published on PCWorld. You can also view live activities from the nanny cam company’s website on a computer. It’s possible to record activity for later viewing and some systems include motion-detection alerts so you can watch during times of activity.

Disclosing the Nanny Cam

An important decision about using a nanny cam is whether to tell your caregiver that you’re monitoring activity. It’s possible that a nanny will object to the monitoring, which could cause you to lose your caregiver. On the other hand, the nanny cam could work as a deterrent for abuse and as an incentive for providing excellent care because the caregiver realizes that you are monitoring activities, advises Sax.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.