According to Pew Research center, “68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone… 86% of those ages 18-29, (with) 83% of those ages 30-49 and 87%,” with this, it is very likely that your babysitter will have a smart phone. It is vital to set boundaries for your nanny ahead of time on typical use and photos of your children.
There are three big risks with your nanny using social media while caring for your children:
· If the nanny is using social media they are not watching your children.
· The nanny could post a picture of your child on the internet creating an unnecessary unsafe situation for your child
· The nanny could unintentionally give away important information about you including your address, bank accounts, and other private information.
There is one huge benefit of your nanny using social media while caring for your children. The babysitter can use their phone to take pictures of the children and send them throughout the day to you (the parents only). Make sure the babysitter deletes the pictures off their phone immediately. This method helps reassure the parents that their child is safe, and having fun throughout the day.
Ultimately it is up to the parents to decide what level of social media use is acceptable, but make sure to discuss it with your nanny or babysitter before they post unwanted pictures of your house or your child online.
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