What does it take to qualify as a babysitter these days?
Dear Let Grow:
My 15 year-old daughter joined an online babysitter’s group to get more summer work gigs. It has been an eye opening experience as to parental expectations. She has multiple family references, straight A’s, and is WONDERFUL with children, especially keeping the kids active. She also cooks and does chores during naps, like laundry and cleaning.
I will NOT be paying for an FBI background check. Whatever happened to “Must love kids”?
Here is one of the jobs:
I am relocating to the area and I am looking for an after school sitter 3 days a week from 3:30-7 pm for my 6 year old daughter who will be attending 1st grade this coming Fall. I would need:
Child abuse clearance
FBI background check
Preferred CPR certification
Start date would be Tuesday 9/4. Also need occasional days this summer covered if looking for extra work!
PM for details :)”
Believing that everyone is a child abuser unless proven otherwise is a distorted way to look at the world. And ironically, the holy grail of an FBI background check does not flag most of that segment of the population that will go on to abuse kids, since people NOT on any kind of sex offender registry commit the vast majority of crimes against kids. As this article explains:
“[A]ll of the data shows that most sex offenses are committed by first-time offenders,” said Emily Horowitz, professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Francis College. “For whatever reason, people who are on the registry have a very low recidivism rate, and if one is really concerned about decreasing sex offenses, they kind of have to look elsewhere instead of people who have already been convicted of sex offenses.”
Did The Baby-Sitters Club start out with all the girls lining up at the FBI to give their fingerprints? I’m a little hazy…