How much time does your babysitter spend on social media?

Social media is a huge part of every day life, and chances are you came across this blog article via some form of social media! But how much time does your babysitter spend on social media and are they really watching your children?

There has been a lot of advice come out and questions over whether parents should have a social media clause in their contracts with babysitters to reduce the time they spend using their phones and other devices after it was raised that many babysitters were not providing their full attention to the children in their care due to their social media habits. 

Many parents choose to use teenage or young adults to babysit for their children however in a world where these young people have grown up learning that their social media presence is part of their identity how can parents be sure that when they are babysitting their children they are not spending all of their time on social media? 

On the same thought stream, are you sure that your babysitter isn’t posting images of your children or home online? Not all parents are Facebook or Instagram friends with their babysitter so how would you know? Young people have been raised in a world where their followers and likes account for a huge proportion of their social life and there are parents who are found out after the fact that images of their child have been posted online with #babysitting (a frequented method for sexual offenders to find images of children). 

So how do you handle this social media situation? We have a few tips:

1. Use an older and more experienced babysitter where you can as they are less likely to be held to the same social media habits

2. Be clear from the start that the babysitter is not the take photos of your children or post anything on Facebook about the booking

3. Ask the babysitter to ensure they are only using their phone for emergencies when the children are awake

SafeCircle babysitters have all signed up to our codes of conduct which includes agreed terms on the use of phones during bookings and we are proud to say that they are professional throughout bookings and do not use their phones whilst the children are awake other than for contact with parents. 

To book a SafeCircle Sitter head over to our website – https://safecircle.com

*https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7698004/parents-ban-babysitters-social-media-facebook-distraction/

**https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-02-02/why-you-need-to-rein-in-your-babysitter-s-social-media-use

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