Our children are the most important possession that we have. We do all we can to protect them in any way that we can. In this time in our world, it takes two parents working to make ends meet. Then they have no choice but to hire a nanny to come in and take care of their children. It can be stressful to a parent not knowing what is going on at home with their kids when they are at work. This is why a lot of parents have chosen to use nanny cams. The question is, are hidden nanny cams illegal?
There is no black and white answer to that question. If you feel like you need to use a nanny cam in your home then there are some things that you should follow. Number one is checking the laws in your state. There are a few states that do not allow the use of nanny cams. It’s against the law everywhere to use audio on your cams. The best thing to do to protect yourself from a lawsuit is never-ever capture any audio on your cam.
Also always make sure that the cam is only in main rooms. Do not ever put a cam in a place where you would be invaded someone’s privacy. For example never put a camera in the bathroom or in your nannies bedroom (if they are a live-in nanny). This is not only morally wrong it is also against the law.
The best thing to do is to tell your nanny before you hire that you have a nanny cam that you will be using. This allows the person to decide if they want to work under the watchful eye of a video cam. Some people say that this will only make the nanny be extra careful to be good to your children. Is that not what you want? If they know they are being watched then they will go out of their way to do things the way they are supposed to do them. It can save you a lot of problems later if you just tell the nanny before they are hired that you will be using the cam. Have them sign something saying that they are aware of the cam also.
After a certain period of time destroy old tapes; especially if there is nothing incriminating on them. This also will protect you from legal ramifications at a later time. Again, the real answer to; are hidden nanny cams illegal? No, they are not, but just be careful using them.