Friday, August 19, 2011

How Do You Feel About Parents Giving Nannies and Au Pairs Cell Phones With GPS to Track Where They Go?

Do the Parents Provide You with a Cell Phone?

Over the last few weeks we have discussed nanny and au pair use of cell phones when working. Although nanny industry experts recommend employees limit their personal use of cell phones while working, it's obvious that caregivers should carry mobile phones in case of emergencies.

In fact, some parents actually provide their nanny or au pair with a cell phone for work related calls, emergencies, and because they have Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in the phones.

In fact, mobile phones advertise the fact that when equipped with GPS it helps parents track and monitor their children and child caregivers. One cell phone company with GPS capability says, "Responsible parents want to KNOW their children are safe when they're in the care of the nanny or babysitter. Don't risk your child's safety, get a cell phone with GPS technology."

How do you feel about parents using of GPS in cell phones or cars to track the nanny's or au pair’s location?


AuPairDebbie said...

I don't think it's a big deal and parents have a right to know where we go.

Lisa said...

I'm honest about giving parents a heads up about things we will be doing and places we are going, so it's not a big deal. If it gives them a peace of mind so be it.