Nursery staff report boy, FOUR, to police over fears he could use £40 toy smartwatch to ‘film other children’
- Ethan Seaman, four, took his VTech Kidizoom watch to nursery to show friends
- The £40 device was confiscated after head Kim Hall saw it could take video
- Ms Hall said device could be used by paedophiles to collect images of children
A four-year-old boy was reported to police by his nursery for wearing a toy smartwatch they believed he could use to film other children.
Ethan Seaman, four, had taken his VTech Kidizoom watch into Henham and Ugley Nursery School in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, to show to his young friends.
However after spotting the £40 device contained a camera that could take video headteacher Kim Hall confiscated the watch stating that it could be used by paedophiles to collect images, The Sun reports.
Ethan Seaman, four, had taken his VTech Kidizoom watch (pictured) into Henham and Ugley Nursery School in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, to show to his young friends
Ethan, who had been given the watch as a gift from his grandmother, was reportedly confused and upset after having it taken off him.
His father Rai Chadee, 40, an IT expert, said they hadn’t been aware the children weren’t allowed to wear smartwatches.
Mr Chadee told The Sun: ‘The head said someone could implant a camera device with a child into a nursery situation. But she did not even check the watch. It’s complete overkill.’
Ethan Seaman, four, had taken his VTech Kidizoom watch into Henham and Ugley Nursery School in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, (pictured) to show to his young friends
Ethan’s mother Sabreen Seaman, 35, a lawyer, told The Sun that the notion her son could record images for such a sinister purpose was ‘ludicrous’ as he ‘can barely clean his own teeth’.
Headteacher Ms Hall told The Sun: ‘All safeguarding concerns are dealt with following council guidelines, policies and procedures.’
The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership asks professionals to ‘consider’ the ‘Safe use of technology (Security / Internet / mobile phones / digital images of children, etc)’.
Police said they offered advice but no offences were recorded.
MailOnline has contacted the nursery for comment.
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