The dangers of finding a sitter online


Fox23 News

The person who watches your child is someone you trust with your kids and [someone you trust] inside your home.

With nearly 200,000 children under the age of six who need child care in Oklahoma; some parents are turning to online classified ads to find childcare.  FOX23’s Abbie Alford investigated the best and worst ways to find a babysitter.

You may use online classified ads such as Craigslist to buy and sell items.  Parents are also trying to hire a sitter, full-time nanny or someone to transport their kids to and from school.

“It’s easy. It’s free,” said father Jamie Lewis.

Parents say they’re doing their homework but some parents considered hiring a sitter using the name of a convicted child abuser, Vicki Chiles.

“Nanny Needed Very Soon”, “Need a Babysitter ASAP”, “Looking for an In Home Sitter”, these are ads parents seeking sitters posted online.

Parents say Craigslist gets more traffic than membership sitter sites.  But some parents are leery about using classified ads for childcare.  “I would never use Craigslist for a babysitter,” said mother JoAnna Blackstock.

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