Okay, this one is a difficult topic for me. Why? Because my husband and I are currently in the process of trying to have kids. Trying and failing but we're giving it our best shot. I have, however, had a hand in helping to raise my six brothers and sisters all younger than me so I do have some experience in caring about the well being of children, while I didn't give birth to them, I did and still do, love them unconditionally, despite the chaos of sibling relationships.
I guess in a way I can use that experience and what I think I will be like as a parent to weigh in on this interesting topic. As a parent I think I would opt for a nanny cam if I had a new sitter. It would be scary to leave my kids alone with someone I didn't know very well and it would give me piece of mind. If they prove themselves to me, over time I might be inclined to remove the spying device. We didn't have these things growing up and I and my siblings turned out okay I think. When we had a problem with a sitter we told our mom and that sitter wasn't used again. This made us learn the importance of speaking up. Something I do a lot of as an adult.
But I think this debate goes deeper than just the nanny cam. Speaking as an average adult, not a parent, I have to ask the question, "when does it stop?" My husband does this with me all the time. How far is too far? I did mention above I'm not a parent yet so I can imagine some parents out there cringing and I totally respect that. The thing is, we've seen it sensationalized on television and in the movies, heck even books point out how hard it is to go unnoticed anymore with all the cameras watching our every move. If you walk down a downtown street, you're liable to be picked up by hundreds of cameras which could possibly be viewed by all sorts of entities, including the government. It makes for great fiction writing, especially science fiction, thrillers, police procedural, mysteries etc but is it good for real life?
So here's the deal, yes to the nanny cams because they are in your home and no to big brother watching our every move. I mean does big brother want to see someone picking their nose or scratching their... well you know... heck, do you want to see it? I can imagine, if things keep going the way they are going now, there will be a television channel that will show random people on the street, all day, everyday, and it would probably be one of the highest rated stations out there.
Don't get me wrong, there are definitely places where cameras are important. Especially when people are concerned with public safety but they say, everything in moderation. Some cameras watching us are good, I think but how extreme do we want to take it? That really is the question. Feel free to weigh in with your opinion below. If you have a blog and want to participate in the blog hop here is the link
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