Thread: Cameras
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Diadem 09:31 AM 01-31-2011
Originally Posted by Abigail:
Your center will get in trouble for being over-ratio. If you're truely concerned and don't want to get introuble and also want to remain confidential, I would straight up call the child care licensing agency and tell them your concern about having too many children present.

Since letters have not gone home to parents and the cameras have not been installed, do you think it is something to get other employees to be doing their job as a scare tactic? It might be. Who knows, maybe the cameras are fake and they don't want you to know that.

I don't think it's required for parents to sign a release form if it's all password protected, but they obviously better all have different names/passwords in order to view it instead of a general one. If they are given those individual accounts, they are well informed that cameras will be in use. I'm sure something should have been added to your handbook about this policy. I don't think your center can "hide" the cameras so if they try it, it will only backfire on your center. One thing that is illegal though is to put pictures and video of a child in foster care online, if you have any, I would immediately call licensing (outside of work so it's confidential) and explain your concern.
Thanks for the advice. My bosses have told us in one of our meetings that they have "people on the inside" that will tell them if someone has notified the authorities. I don't know if it is true or not, but when one of our staff notified the state about the ages of some of the children in the rooms, our boss called us into her office one by one to find out who did it. They never did find out who it was, but they have an idea. Also, we the staff are not allowed to view. We will not be provided with a user account. I think it would be a great learning tool for us to be able to view the tapes to see our mistakes or how we should handle certain situations.