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January
17

A friend was recently telling me about her daycare center in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Yes, she likes the teachers, the healthy snacks, and of course, all of the toys, but what she loves most is one particular feature: The center has a web cam that lets parents spy on their kids—and their caretakers—during the day. Much as I would love a few doses of Owen between meetings, my center doesn’t offer such techy accoutrements and so in old-fashion style, I just ask Owen’s teachers for a recap of their time together at the end of the day. Our conversation got me thinking, though. Now with so much technology at our disposal, it’s so easy to spy on our kids and see exactly the kind of care they get when we’re not around. New York Magazine ran a story last year on gadgets for paranoid parents—outsmart your nanny and send her to the playground with a GPS chip hidden in her diaper bag! Another friend introduced me to a website: isawyournanny.blogspot.com. Here, people blog about what they see your nanny do during the day (“She turned her back on your child at the bus stop for a second but then was very caring when she turned back around.”) It’s enough to make a working mother—or any mom who needs the occasional babysitter—throw up. My question, I guess, is does all this technology help us or hurt us when it comes to our kids? And what does it say about our parenting? If I ever felt that Owen’s nanny was such a flight-risk that she required a GPS chip, for example, you can be sure I’d find another nanny. Is technology keeping us in touch? Making us more trusting? Or, is it just bringing out the paranoia is all of us?

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 at 12:41 pm by Mary Lynn Mitcham. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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Jeanne MuchnickJeanne Muchnick is a multi-tasking mama who's been writing about her two girls ever since they were born. She's the former Editor of Baby Magazine turned InTown Senior Editor whose parenting stories have also appeared in a variety of national consumer magazines including Woman's Day, Healthy Kids, Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, FamilyFun and more. She lives in Larchmont, NY with her two girls: Corey, 14 and Sydney, 11, her husband, Mark and her flat coated retriever, Chip.
Mary Lynn
MitchamMary Lynn Mitcham, the editor-in-chief of InTown Westchester, is new to the mom scene. Her son, Owen, was born on the Fourth of July, 2006. Needless to say, she's still trying to figure out how to get herself - and her son - dressed and fed and still make it on time to work. Before she joined InTown and motherhood, she worked as a senior editor at Travel Holiday magazine and has freelanced for several publications including Parenting, Adoptive Families, Bridal Guide, Boating, Men's Fitness, and more. She lives in Westchester with her new baby and her husband, Adam.
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