The virtual sitters have 2 priorities while they are with your family: keeping your children safe and making sure the kids have fun!
At the start of the session, help your kids log in, say hi to the sitter and make sure s/he has a way to reach you in case of emergency, and then kick back and relax (or go get on that work call...)!
The virtual sitters come prepared to do engaging activities and play fun interactive games with the kids. They’ll take some time to get to know your child(ren) and will follow the kids’ lead to make sure they have a good time. Most of the virtual sitters are also happy to help with tutoring or academic work.
Check in with the sitter at the end of the session and just remember to pay them by whatever method you agree on (Venmo, Zelle, CashApp, etc.).
We’ve found that the kids have a blast and ask for the virtual sitters to come back again. We’ve found that the parents welcome the time to themselves to focus on other priorities or just enjoy some downtime. The main takeaway is that families want to use virtual babysitting again and again. Feel free to contact your sitter directly anytime you’d like a session or try the other sitters on our site.
We piloted VeeBee with kids of all ages. We found that elementary and early middle school ages do best, although kids of all ages can benefit and have fun. We have sitters with early childhood specialties who are happy to watch 4- and 5-year-olds.
You set the length of your session with your babysitter. Most sessions last 2-3 hours. We find kids do best with sessions that last no more than 4 hours.
We were worried about this very thing. We wondered if kids would just walk away from the screen. That’s why we piloted the idea so carefully. We were thrilled to find that kids really respond well to virtual babysitters. The sitters are there to entertain and engage with the kids and the kids love having the attention (and love getting someone new to “hang out” with). Because the kids are having so much fun, they don’t stray from the virtual sitter. If you worry your child might need an incentive to cooperate, you can work with your sitter to set up a modest reward system like a small treat, extra outdoor time, or picking the movie at the next family movie night.
The virtual babysitters do not do dangerous activities where kids can get hurt. But in case of an unforeseen accident, we ask that a parent be in the home in the event of an emergency. We also ask that you give the virtual sitter an emergency phone number in case they need to reach you.
The sitters might ask you questions about what your children tend to like/dislike. They come armed to play a variety of games and do a variety of activities to keep your kids entertained. Some of the more popular activities include charades, freeze dance, drawing, reading stories, storytelling, Red Light Green Light, and Jeopardy.
Any device that can video conference works. We find that tablets and cell phones are best so that kids can move around and easily bring the sitters with them.
Babysitters come from a variety of experiences. Some are high school and college students who are eager to make extra money. Others are professional educators who have been furloughed or lost their jobs due to the coronavirus and current economic stressors. All our sitters love working with kids.
To keep the site free-to-use, we do not complete formal background checks. However, we connect with all of the sitters. Many have been interviewed by us and provided us with photo ID. In addition, they have been tested out by our family and friends. Sitters who have completed these extra checks are "VeeBee Verified," which is denoted on their babysitter listings.
We encourage you to use good common sense when picking and interacting with your virtual sitter. If your mommy or daddy “gut” tells you something feels wrong, don’t ignore it. Feel free to ask about references and background checks. Remember to review internet safety rules with your kids. Please see our “Safety” section for more information.
After finding a sitter you are interested in, you can click the “Message” or “Book” buttons to communicate with the sitter directly and set up the details for the virtual babysitting session.
To keep the site free to users, we do not use a payment processor. Rather, you pay your sitter directly using Venmo, Zelle, CashApp, or any other preferred technology.
The virtual babysitters on VeeBee set their own rates. Most charge $10-20 per hour. In addition, many are willing to offer 20% off the first session so that families can try out virtual babysitting at a reduced rate.