At this point, hidden camera technology has become so powerful (and so affordable) that it is practically a ubiquitous part of our lives. When you can purchase a full HD hidden camera for just a few hundred dollars — one that also probably wirelessly streams a live video feed to the internet, mind you — it’s natural to want to buy one or even a few for the purposes of home security.Nanny Camera

Because of that, it’s all too common these days to wake up and read a news item about some criminal that was caught in the act because of a savvy person with a hidden cam. Sometimes, homeowners just want to keep an eye on things when they’re not around — or they want to make sure someone like a babysitter is actually caring for their children the way he or she promised they would.

But at the same time, one must ask the question: What happens when you install a hidden camera and don’t actually collect evidence of a crime because one wasn’t going on? What happens when the situation you thought you were keeping an eye on isn’t what it appeared to be?

That’s essentially what happened in Australia recently when one couple installed a hidden camera in their home to keep watch over the babysitter they had trusted to take care of their four children. Only what happened next is a decidedly unique twist when compared to the way these stories normally go.

The Australian Babysitter and the Hidden Camera: What Happened

The babysitter in question was caring for a family’s four kids one night while mom and dad headed out for a night on the town. Before leaving, the parents were very clear — these kids should absolutely be in bed by 8:40 p.m.

However, because it was a Saturday night and the kids didn’t have to be up for school in the morning, the babysitter decided to play it cool and let them stay up a bit past their bedtimes. No harm, no foul — right?
Not necessarily.

The bedtime of 8:40 p.m. came and went, and the babysitter suddenly got a rude phone call from the parents, demanding to know why those kids weren’t in bed as directed. They even rushed home from their night out early — only by that time, all four kids were asleep in bed and absolutely nothing was wrong.

It turns out, the parents had installed the aforementioned hidden camera in their home and turned it on at exactly 8:40 p.m., only to discover that the kids were still up and playing. After a worrying conversation, the babysitter left the home that night “shaken” and with her “heart racing,” to use her own words. She posted about her experience on a Facebook group dedicated to nannies, and it turned out that this type of thing was becoming all too common in the modern era.

Essentially, you have to ask yourself which side of this argument you support. On the one hand, nobody can blame parents for installing cameras to keep an eye on their children and those who they have trusted to protect them. Any loving parent with the means to do so would absolutely do the same. But should they have told the babysitter that the cameras were there, particularly when they didn’t actually suspect that any abuse or other dangerous situations were taking place?

Legally, they didn’t have to tell her at all as the cameras were a) on their property and b) were not in any private areas like a bathroom. But ethically … that’s where things get a bit muddier.

One thing is for sure — you can absolutely expect this type of situation to become even more common as time goes on. When hidden cameras are practically everywhere, are they really “hidden” any longer? Will we soon reach a point where you really do need to assume you’re being watched at all times and behave accordingly?

Sadly, these are the types of questions that we will ALL have to answer — and sooner rather than later, too.