Consider the following hypothetical situation. You are a couple of working
parents and you have a five-year-old son who is cared for by an au pair during
the day when he is parentless at home. One day you notice that your son has some
suspicious looking bruises on his arms or his legs. Of course, they may have
simply been caused by rough-and-tumble play. And the au pair appears to be a
decent type and can even give a reasonable explanation for the bruises. But you
may end up wondering and worrying anyway, even if you have no rational basis for
doing so. Wouldn't you like to find a way to save yourself from worrying and get
back your peace of mind?
There is a very simple solution to this kind of parental dilemma. All you
have to do is purchase a digital surveillance camera for your home. You can
order it online or just drop by a nearby electronics store to get one. The cost
to you will be from $200 to $400. Once you have the camera, you can secrete it
in a hidden place where it can watch what goes on in your home while you are not
there. Many homeowners disguise the camera using home d辿cor or an
innocent-seeming household item, sometimes even a toy. With the camera keeping
video surveillance over your child, you can watch the recording to see if your
child was just hurt playing or if your babysitter was the cause of his injuries.
Even if, as you hope, the camera reveals no wrongdoing, you will be able to put
all your worries to rest.
It is not only your children who may be in danger of receiving harmful care.
Our elderly parents and relatives are similarly vulnerable. There have been many
cases of elderly people in nursing homes who have been victims of neglect and
abuse by the nursing staff. If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home,
you may want to ensure that he or she is being taken of properly. As with your
child, you can buy a digital surveillance camera and hide it in your elderly
relative room to watch for any evidence of poor nursing or even direct
This is a very controversial practice, it is true. Some people would deem it
an invasion of privacy. However, no one can deny that the option to do
surveillance exists, and in fact it can even be quite beneficial. There was this
one case in the state of New York where the use of security cameras in the
elderly residents rooms led to the arrest of 19 employees who had allegedly
failed to provide even the most basic care for their patients.