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Video cameras in daycare

The daycare my children go to has had video cameras in the classrooms for awhile now that are just on screens up at the front desk. They are currently debating whether or not to put the cameras online for parents to be able to view. There would be a password to login to the website, but just like any website it could still be hacked. I know there are alot of other daycares that have this but it is a big debate at this daycare right now. I really don't want my children on the internet because of the chance it could be hacked and you also never know who besides just the parents are getting ahold of the password (password gets to grandparents and then ends up getting to some other family member who could be a pedophile or something). Someone mentioned to me that parents have to give permission for their kids to be filmed at all. I don't remember having to sign anything. So my question is what do you think about daycares putting classrooms on the internet, and do they need to have parents permission to do it? It seems to me that they would have to get permission from everyone's parents to put the kids on the internet, or keep the kids whose parents don't want them on the internet off camera, which would never work.

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:00 PM on Mar. 25, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I'm not sure how that would work either. I'm sure all of them wouldn't go for it. The thought of being able to see how yourkids are being treated though any time you want would be a plus.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:03 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I don't see how that would EVER work because I don't think you'll ever get parents to agree. I think it has it's advantages to see what is going on but it's also a little big brotherish and perhaps teachers would feel impeded in their work. A pedophile can simply go to the park and watch kids play (which would be all they would see on a day care cam anyway) so I'm not sure that is a valid argument - understandable concern but not a valid argument. I don't see a most day cares ever being able to get a consensus on this from parents.

    Answer by 8Tinkerboo8 at 12:03 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I think it is a wonderful idea. There are ways around hackers. It is sad that you have to be away from your child, at least you could check on them. I love that the daycare is so open and honest about that they are doing there.

    Answer by ochsamom at 12:05 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • That is a good point that a pedophile could just go to park to see kids, so I can see where that isn't a valid point. I have no concerns about the way my children are treated at this daycare because I know the teachers very well and have always felt very comfortable there. But somehow I'm just not comfortable having my kids on the internet for whoever to see though. I guess the vote on this is about 50/50 right now. I just don't see how they can do it if not EVERYONE agrees to it.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 12:08 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • I do understand how you feel about other ppl getting hold of the password.I would love the idea of being able to see what was going in my childs classroom whenever I wanted.

    Answer by momoftaterbug at 12:11 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • Honestly, I wouldn't have a problem with it. Even IF other people would get around the security, all they'd see is a bunch of kids playing. Nothing they couldn't see at a park or playground too... And for me to be able to see how the daycare is run would be a MAJOR selling point.

    You're right though, I don't think they could ever get all the parents to agree. But I think it's a great idea.

    Answer by Anouck at 12:16 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • What about a password for everyone and then a seperate pin # for each parent. Kind of like online banking. IMO, the only way they can get into something like that then is if they find your info.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:17 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • Yeah, maybe they could do something like that with the pin#. I do agree that it would be nice to see my children every now and then... not like I have time at work though. I'm an RN and don't usually have much time to sit down and get on the internet! The other bad thing about the whole setup though is that only 5 people could be logged on at a time, and this is a large daycare with two different buildings (one being an infant center), and 8 different classrooms. So there are alot of parents!

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 12:26 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • i think it's a great idea. if i wasn't working at the daycare/preschool my kids are at now, i'd love to go online and see them. they could always change the password once a month or something.

    Answer by armywife43 at 12:27 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • Maybe you could suggest having some rooms for kids who's parents want to see them, and some for those who's parents don't want them online.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

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