Yesterday we showed an example of a nanny texting instead of properly attending to the child in her care at the pool.
In 2009 The San Francisco Chronicle discussed the fact that nannies, au pairs, and parents are spending more energy on their cell phones and barely observing the kids in their care while at a playground.
We acknowledge that caregivers commonly carry cell phones. Many families require it for emergency situations. If a child comes down with a fever, the nanny can easily call the parent at work. Also, parents like to check in throughout the day; they might want to find out if their child went down for a nap or let the caregiver know they're running late.
Let's not forget that parents provide cellular phones to their caregivers with global positioning systems to track the nanny and au pair's location as well.
But some nannies use their phones to talk to their friends and families and it's debatable whether this is acceptable.