Received Sunday, August 3, 2008- Rants and Warnings
I hope that I can warn others about a bad nanny in the greater Chicagoland area.
My ex husband employed Kristy V. (last name available) in Aug, 2007 to care for my 9 year old daughter when she is in his custody. My child would report to me that the nanny was constantly on My Space. She even assisted my child to navigate about on My Space, which is clearly against their policies. After discovering that she was posting photos of my child on her My Space, I requested that Kristy take them down. She refused and turned her My Space to, "private". Of course, this is not really effective. In July, 2008 I discovered that Kristy had posted 25 additional photos of my child. I contacted The National Center for Child Exploitation. They sent a statement detailing the dangers of posting photos of children on the internet. I forwarded this to the nanny and my ex husband. She once again refused to remove the photos and apparently, protested that it her was her right to post these pictures with no regard for my child's safety. I contacted the Parental Control unit at My Space. They were quite alarmed by this and escalated the case and they removed the photos and also the entry where she had posted my child's full name and location. She continues to be defiant in charging that she has been "stalked" and that people should, "grow up" and "free time should be spent getting a life". She also claims to find this, "amusing". Strangely enough, on the day that I contacted the Illinois DCFS, she decided to take a vacation to Florida.
The moral of this story is please thoroughly investigate the background of anyone that you hire to care for your children. I would ask if they have My Space or better yet, get their email address and then search My Space. You will likely see a very different person than the one standing in front of you at the interview.