Babysitter Myth Busters

Putting the Kibosh on Common Misconceptions about Babysitters

Jun 09, 2010, 10:00 ET from

CHICAGO, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- While it may not rank up there with the Loch Ness Monster, there are some myths or misconceptions many Americans hold about babysitters., the nation's largest and most trusted website for connecting families with local, quality babysitters and nannies, sets the record straight by providing the truth for some of babysitting's most popular myths.

  • Myth #1: Finding a Sitter Online Isn't Safe – Reality: Finding a sitter on a dedicated sitter site such as is safer than hiring the girl next door.  On Sittercity, parents can review profiles that provide extensive information on each sitter, such as certifications, experience, parent reviews, references and even background checks.  While you may have the name and number of the girl next door, you probably won't ever ask her for this much information before hiring her.
  • Myth #2:  Babysitting is for Teens – Reality: While many sitters may start out as a teen, on the average age of a babysitter is 29.  In fact, sitters must be at least 18 years of age to register as a caregiver on the site. has more than one million caregivers nationwide.
  • Myth # 3: Babysitters just "sit" – Reality: Babysitters do much more than just sit around watching television and eating everything they can find in the refrigerator.  A recent survey of caregivers revealed that 54 percent regularly take children to the park or engage in some outside activity like bike riding or swimming, 30 percent work on arts & crafts while sitting, and 12 percent participate in a play group or educational activity or go on a field trip.

About, the inventor of online caregiving, is America's largest and most trusted online source for babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, senior care, housesitting, housekeeping and tutoring.  Sittercity has a network of more than a million caregiver profiles nationwide, and helps families and individuals across America find the perfect in-home care provider quickly, easily and safely. Sittercity's care seekers can use the company's four-step screening process, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and utilizing free access to background checks. Sitter profiles also come with photos, experience, training, safety skills, availability calendars, reviews and more. Sittercity's Corporate Program now serves a number of marquee clients, including The Department of Defense, Avon, MasterCard, FOX Networks, Pitney Bowes and Monster Worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web site at