Let Parents Watch Kids From Work
Cox News Service
Ohio- Karen Bramwell periodically likes to drop in on her
two young sons at day care, but those personal visits aren't
always possible with her bustling work schedule.
Proctor & Gamble logistics manager logs onto the the Internet
to see her 3-year old Robbie and 18-month-old Kyle at Kids
R Kids, a Mason, Ohio, child care center equipped with surveillance
cameras. With a log-in and password provided by the center.
and other parents can access the camera's images via the
Internet to see what the little ones are up to. The timed
and dated photos can be updated with the click of a button.
the fact that I can take a glance at my children through
out the day just to see what's going on," Bramwell, 38,
said. "I can't look in and check on them without disrupting
cameras, primarily the domain of airport and other high-traffic
areas, are popping up in day-care centers-partly in hopes
of curbing potential abuse and neglect, but also for reducing
separation anxiety levels between parents and their kids.
has at least one licensed childcare center-Kids R Kids-
with the camera internet feature and officials at another
center are seeking a license to open a second facility in
Harrison Township with surveillance cameras, said John Allen
with the Ohio Department of Human Services, which regulates
child care businesses.
Harrison Township facility is a client of Washington-based
WatchMeGrow.com a company that provides the service for
50 child care centers throughout the United States, Canada
and Puerto Rico.
Suplee, spokesman for the company, said business has "quadrupled
in size and speed over the last year." The company, one
of a handful that offers the service, began in November
1996, he said. Suplee guessed that as many as 200-250 centers
use the feature.
some experts say the feature merely capitalizes on parents'
"guilt and paranoia. "Others predict that internet accessible
cameras will become as popular in day care centers as cribs
and playpens. National childcare advocates second-guess
the prediction, saying the feature is unlikely to significantly
reduce child abuse in day care facilities.
of the DayMetro Community Family Association, a not-for-profit
Dayton organization, plan to open the 6,200-square-foot
DayMetro Childcare Center this month. DayMetro, which runs
a center for 28 toddlers in Trotwood, expects to win it's
state license soon. Camera-internet service at DayMetro
will be provided by Atlanta-based ParentNet.
an additional $20. a month, parents can use the service
and even e-mail their school-age children at the center,
which takes youngsters up to 12-years old.
though it hasn't opened the center already has filled half
of it's 100 slots-primarily because parents are drawn to
the camera-internet feature, claims Yvette Haber, DayMetro's
Tomi Emmerick, 32, pays a surprise lunch visit to her son's
current daycare center in Fairborn, 2-year old Nicholas
thinks it's time to go home. When Emmerick returns to work,
he gets upset and cries, she said.
hard for me to leave him when he gets like that, but I have
no choice because I have to get back to work.," said Emmerick,
who plans to enroll Nicholas in DayMetro when it opens.
surveillance-Internet feature is prompting the change, she
be able to watch him from time to time during the day and
he won't be expecting us to take him home. We won't disturb
his day, " Emmerick said
Chace of the Alexandria, VA. Based Security Industry association
suspects that surveillance cameras in daycare centers probably
will become the norm over the next ten years."