Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Health & Parenting

Font Size

Hidden Cameras in Hospitals Can Uncover Child Abuse

continued...

"A child can't speak up for himself," he says. "And someone has to be an advocate for the child. No one can ask that child if its okay to videotape your parents making you sick."

Feldman agrees. "There's been a question as to whether parents have a reasonable right to anticipate privacy in a hospital room, and the answer -- both legally and ethically -- is no."

He also points out that people don't question monitoring devices in stores and other facilities. "You can go into a department store and the cameras are everywhere -- you are being surveyed continuously to make sure you don't engage in a criminal act," he says.

Because of the hidden cameras, four mothers who had been suspected of Munchausen syndrome by proxy were exonerated, as no suspicious or abusive behavior was noted. This shows that hidden surveillance can work both ways, Hall says.

"We believe strongly that [the surveillance] is ethical and the right thing to do in selected cases," Hall says. "Not only does it protect children, but it can also protect parents who are innocent."

1|2

Today on WebMD

Girl holding up card with BMI written
Is your child at a healthy weight?
toddler climbing
What happens in your child’s second year.
 
father and son with laundry basket
Get your kids to help around the house.
boy frowning at brocolli
Tips for dealing with mealtime mayhem
 
mother and daughter talking
Tool
child brushing his teeth
Slideshow
 
Sipping hot tea
Slideshow
Young woman holding lip at dentists office
Video
 
Which Vaccines Do Adults Need
Article
rl with friends
fitSlideshow
 
tissue box
Quiz
Child with adhd
Slideshow