Reality TV star Kim Zolciak and her husband Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann of the Bravo show Don’t Be Tardy, installed 59 security cameras in and around their Atlanta mansion. They have six children and a team of domestic help to keep tabs on. After a recent episode of Don’t Be Tardy, Kroy and Kim sat down in the den with Kim’s assistant Sweetie, and Kim’s two eldest daughters Brielle and Ariana. Together they watched previously recorded surveillance footage of themselves in the house. The only thing missing was popcorn.
Kim and Kroy aren’t the only parents who have taken to monitoring their children with technology. Granted, the Biermann household is extreme with its CCTV system but more and more everyday parents are installing video monitors in their children’s rooms. Video monitors have surpassed audio monitors in sales and are being used for a longer period of time. Audio monitors were customarily used until a child turned about 12 months old; video monitors are used until a child turns 3 or 4 years old. However, Dr. Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington says if children “are old enough to recognize that they are being watched on the video monitor, then it’s probably time to stop.