Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:31 AM
Two moms recently debated the issues surrounding web cameras in daycare facilities. One mom said she was against the use of webcams in her child's daycare, at first. However, she began to see the benefit of having them. She realized she was missing much of her daughter's life.
"The developmental milestones she reveals every weekend are a constant reminder that seeing her two hours a day during the work week isn't nearly enough to maintain the intimate relationship that develops when you're with your baby 24 hours a day...If the webcams are installed, it will no doubt be hard to avoid the draw of becoming a back-seat caregiver. But that's on me. I can uphold the morals that are important to me - trust, autonomy, independence - and still have the benefit of being more a part of my 22-month-old's life than having a full-time job allows. If that makes me feel more comfortable, and more confident in my abilities as a parent, how can that be bad?"
Another mom said they are a bad idea and parents should not use them.
"Webcams are totally inconsistent with the choices we make as parents to get our kids in daycare in the first place. We've researched daycare styles, found the best we can afford and decided who best can care for our children. Add cameras to the mix and you're signing on for a compromised experience.
As the mom of a daycare kid, I understand the urge to know what your little one is doing all day. I miss my son, and I know for a fact he's having a blast and saying hilarious things I'd love to hear, not to mention having quarrels and sad moments that I'd like to fix, too.
But it's not all about me. I chose smart, caring professionals who, I freely admit, teach my husband and me as much as they teach my three-year-old."
What do you think of web cameras in daycares? Would you log on and watch your children if you had the option? Do you think it is a good thing for parents or not?