User permissions: Privacy controls for modern families

User permissions: Privacy controls for modern families

We understand that caring for a newborn is no small task–it takes a village. Many modern families have not just parents helping out, but grandparents, aunts and uncles, nannies, and more, all lending a hand. New parents need all the help they can get, but all of this help can come at the cost of privacy.

Grandma may want to see her little munchkin 24/7, but maybe you’d prefer just a little more space! With this in mind, we’ve created User Permissions to ensure Nanit works around your lifestyle, and lets you stay connected with the ones you care about most.

Nanit User Permissions and access control

With User Permissions, it’s easier than ever to share access to your Nanit camera with family, caregivers, or anyone you choose, right from your app on an Android or iOS (such as iPhone or iPad) device. Rest assured, giving someone access to your Nanit doesn’t mean they’ll be tuned in at all times. You can grant access to those that need it, when they need it, and control exactly what each user can see and do.

Nanit also offers a Local WiFi-Only Access restriction option for Viewers. When turned on for a user, this feature restricts their access to the livestream to only when they are connected to your home WiFi. Once their mobile device is disconnected from your WiFi, they will lose access. New Viewers added will be granted Local WiFi-Only Access by default.

Invite someone to your Nanit Parenting Team

Inviting someone to your parenting team is quick and easy. By adding a member to your team, they’ll gain access to your baby’s live video stream. Access to other features is dependent on the role and restrictions. Different permission levels for different users give parents the flexibility that modern families need.

Nanit App Privacy

Our app has best-in-class privacy controls – and you have the remote. Specific features that can be turned on or off for Viewers include:

  • Hearing live stream audio
  • Hearing/viewing recorded moments through Floor Stand or Wall Mount
  • Viewing night and day summaries
  • Controlling night light
  • Controlling nature sounds
  • Receiving real-time notifications (Sound & Motion)
  • Talking from the app to the camera (2-Way Audio)

For more information on how to create your parenting team, visit the User Permissions support article.

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    Key Takeaways

    • Nanit's User Permissions and access control offer control over who can see your livestream and when, enabling tailored access for family and caregivers.
    • Add Parenting Team members with varying access levels, ensuring customized privacy settings. 

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    Natalie Barnett, PhD serves as VP of Clinical Research at Nanit. Natalie initiated sleep research collaborations at Nanit and in her current role, Natalie oversees collaborations with researchers at hospitals and universities around the world who use the Nanit camera to better understand pediatric sleep and leads the internal sleep and development research programs at Nanit. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New England in Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Sleep Science from the University of Western Australia. Natalie was an Assistant Professor in the Neurogenetics Unit at NYU School of Medicine prior to joining Nanit. Natalie is also the voice of Nanit's science-backed, personalized sleep tips delivered to users throughout their baby's first few years.

    Kristy Ojala is Nanit’s Digital Content Director. She spends way too much time looking at maps and weather forecasts and pictures of Devon Rex cats and no-cook dinners. A former sleep champion, she strives to share trustworthy somnabulism tips with other parents—praying for that one fine day when no tiny humans wake her up while it’s still dark out. Her kids highly recommend 3 books, approximately 600 stuffies, Chopin’s “Nocturnes,” and the Nanit Sound + Light for bedtime success.

    Mackenzie Sangster is on the Brand and Community team at Nanit. She supports content development and editing for Nanit’s Parent Confidently blog as well as other marketing initiatives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking, being active, and using the Pro + Flex Duo to keep an eye on her fur-baby, Poppy!

    Holly Hays is a contributor and writer for Nanit, channeling her years as a mama and former magazine editor to create fun, useful content for fellow busy, trying-to-do-their-best parents and caregivers. Holly has written for a wide range of brands and media outlets (Ergobaby, HGTV, Manhattan Toy Company, OXO), loves to cook and read mystery novels, and leans heavily on her two daughters to keep her up to date on all the latest slang.