Many parents ask their nannies not to use Facebook when working and others are not allowed to use their cell phone when working, except for emergencies. That’s because while on Facebook or texting you are not involved with the children in your care.
I have joined Facebook and chat with nannies in Facebook groups for nannies. It is an easy way to communicate and gain support from a large number of nannies that I might not otherwise know.
My biggest concern though is the number of nannies who comment continuously during the work day. Facebook comments can now appear on mobile phones making it easy to quickly comment. But, some nannies don't even go one hour without commenting during the work day! In fact, I think some seem to comment all day long, even while working.
Although relationships on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media can be educational and entertaining, they are usually shallow.
Can you put down the smart phone and not look at it (or the computer screen) for one entire work day, two-days, or even a week? Can you do it?
The blue screen and keyboard may improve surfing skills, but not social skills. You cannot provide quality childcare when texting friends or commenting on Facebook.
Enthusiasm for social media sites is not bad in itself, but connectivity should not be mistaken for real friendship or allow you to neglect your responsibilities.
Can you avoid going on Facebook today?