Online classified ads allow parents to post job offers and childcare providers to post resumes in hopes of connecting with each other via cyberspace. Such postings allow anyone to post almost anything at any time with little monitoring. Services dedicated to matching parents and childcare providers have evolved from for-profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations. Such services generally offer greater screening, than general listing services.
One drawback to online childcare is the evolving "nanny scam" e-mails that circulate the Web. Typically, childcare providers are the ones who fall victim to such scams, though parents are also at financial risk if they don't know what to look for.