What to do if a nanny camera is discovered – advice for employers

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By Alina Bradford

Setting up a nanny cam is touted as a great way to monitor the care of your child, but what if your nanny discovers the camera? How do you handle the awkward situation? Here are some tips for getting past the discovery without drama.

Don’t Panic

When you realize that your nanny has discovered your nanny cam, the first rule of thumb is to not panic. Your nanny will probably be hurt, upset or angry, so remaining calm is the best way to avoid escalating the situation.

Pause for a moment to take a few deep breaths before you say anything. Also, form your response in your mind before speaking to avoid saying something you don’t mean or something that is less than professional.

What Should You Say to Your Nanny?

You didn’t do anything illegal by installing the hidden camera, so there’s no need to feel guilty. Simply state, in a calm voice, why you decided it was necessary to use a nanny cam.

One approach is to put the blame on yourself to diffuse the situation. This approach is particularly effective if you want to retain the services of your nanny. For example:

“I realize you may feel wronged after you discovered the hidden camera. Please don’t take this as a negative judgment about your skills. I am insecure with anyone other than myself watching Junior, so it isn’t a reaction to you personally. It’s me, not you.”

Another tactic is to point out the nanny’s shortcoming in a constructive manner. Once again, avoiding blame will comfort the nanny. For example:

“I placed the hidden camera in the home so that I could monitor your care of Junior and be assured that you are helping to raise him the way I would. I’m not saying your way is wrong, it just isn’t the way I would do it. Let me show you what I would do differently.”

If, on the other hand, you do see that the nanny has been abusing your child, stealing or not performing her duties in general, this is the perfect time to confront her. One way to go about this would be to say:

“I’m glad you discovered the camera. It makes it easier to confront you with what I found when reviewing the footage. Would you like to watch it with me so that we can talk about it?”

Alternatively, you may want to take a more direct approach:

“I am glad you discovered the camera. The footage has confirmed that you are not the right fit for my family, and I won’t require your services anymore.”

No matter what you say when your nanny cam is discovered, it is best to be as professional as possible. Remember, your nanny is an employee, so it is best to treat the discovery as you would any business confrontation.

Having your hidden camera discovered isn’t as scandalous as you may think. Handle the situation calmly and chances are, it will end without your nanny storming off and quitting.

 

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