Moms using smartphones as virtual babysitters

From measuring heart health to tracking a morning jog, smartphones are being used for all sorts of things these days.

Guess what else smartphones are being used for? Babysitting.

Believe it or not, some moms out there are using the technology on their smartphones to keep an eye on their kids.

Celebrity Mila Kunis admits to using virtual help while her baby is sleeping.

“”We had my parents who we’re very lucky to live down the street. We have them do monitor sitting,” Kunis said. “The baby goes to sleep and they have to watch the monitor.”

Others use technologies like the iPhone’s Facetime app to keep their child occupied when they need a break.

“”Facetime helps me pretty much get those little chunks of time that I need,” said 40-year-old Rafi Fletcher. “It usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes, sometimes as long as an hour.”

Fletcher added that she sometimes has out-of-state relatives keep an eye on her 2-year-old son when she’s doing chores around the house.

“He’s usually in the same room. So my line of sight to him is always available, I always see where he is.”

While many will criticize parents who use technology as a baby-sitting aid, psychologist Dr. Karen Stewart says these practices are harmless…

To an extent.

“Do not leave the house,” Stewart warns. “Grandma in Chicago cannot babysit your child in Los Angeles. I think this is a great opportunity to interact with your family but it’s not a real babysitter. This is a babysitter for when you are in the next room, literally 10 feet away.”

 

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