This Barbie doll has a hidden digital video camera inside her necklace, which we fear will cause children to unknowingly upload inappropriate videos. It seems like a pedophile’s dream… Have technological toys gone too far? What do you think?
When I was growing up, Barbie gained the ability to speak and she quickly came under fire for admitting that she thought “math class is tough.” Now the newest version of the iconic blonde doll has a hidden camera that can record 30 minutes of video footage. Wow, how the times have changed! (Don’t even get me started on what they did to the doll’s face! What is with those huge eyes?) While Mattel, the company that makes Barbie, may think this is just a way of keeping the doll, who celebrated her 51st birthday this year, current in the digital age, we worry that “Video Girl” Barbie will become an invasion of your kids’ privacy.
Barbie has always had the most awesome accessories, but does she really need a real working video camera in her necklace? I don’t think so. The toy’s hidden camera could make it all too easy for adults to exploit innocent children. Besides that, I fear that little girls will be unknowingly exposing themselves to internet predators by uploading their own home movies. HollyMoms, do you really want videos of your daughter in her bedroom displayed all over the world wide web? I know I don’t.
Perhaps this is a good time to talk to your kids about internet safety and privacy. But we’re curious, will Video Girl Barbie be wrapped up under your Christmas tree next month or will it be forever banned from your home?