Webcams may keep eye on childcare

The Dominion Post 30/11/2009

Parents worried about their children at childcare centres may soon be able to keep an eye on them from home or work. A company is advertising a “parents’ eye” security camera that allows them to monitor their children via a cellphone or computer. The company, which has just started marketing the technology in New Zealand, says the webcams will make pupils and teachers more accountable for their actions.

“A lot of vulnerable children can really be exposed, especially if a teacher or another kid does something to harm them. This will stop that from happening,” said Tyrone Voigt of Australian technology firm Syron. But the assistant privacy commissioner has warned childcare centres that they need to be careful about using the technology.