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Spy Cam Barbie: Boycott or Buy?

Spy Cam Barbie: Boycott or Buy?

Over the years we have seen toys become more and more high tech in an effort to keep up with the growing trends our kids find appealing..  Now it’s Barbies turn.  Mattel recently introduced us to “Video Girl” Barbie which is a Barbie doll with a small spy camera hidden inside her necklace.  The camera allows kids to take their own videos that can be up to 30 minutes in length.  But the new high tech Barbie has many parents outraged and demanding the “toy” be taken off the market.

A recent report from the Today show discusses the boycott that was instigated by Sally Anne-McCormack, an Australian psychologist, over the spy cam doll.  McCormack believes this product will make it all too easy for kids to film inappropriate behavior and then upload it on the internet.  She also believes adults can use the the doll to exploit children.  McCormack says, “Boycott this product and refuse to shop in any store that justifies selling this potentially pornographic tool.”

The hidden camera doll seems especially inappropriate to a lot of parents probably because kids who play with Barbies are typically very young, many under the age of six.  Because after all, what would a 6-year-old need a hidden camera in their room for?  Others think the Barbie “Video Girl” doll is nothing new and will not allow kids to do anything they aren’t already doing on their cell phones that are equipped with cameras.  

What do you think of the Barbie “Video Girl” hidden camera doll?

Would you purchase this doll for your child if they asked for it or do you think it is better off being boycotted?

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  • shelly_noble24 By shelly_noble24
    11.07.10  

    boycott.it is not appropriate for a young child.little girls dont need a hidden camera in there rooms.yes it could be bad cuse parents could film them dressing and undressing and put those up for pedos.plus the kids might film things that they shouldn't and not really understand the concept of it.most kids who play with barbie are very young anyway.id never alow my 7 year old neice to have one.if my sister bought her one belive me thered be a family fued and it probably go missing.that is just not something a child needs

  • Lusadi By Lusadi
    11.08.10  

    Boycott. It's a stupid idea. Children have no idea what is or what is not appropriate to film. They have not developed a sense of discretion.

  • n_pera By n_pera
    11.08.10  

    Boycott for sure!!! This is so disturbing to think of how this could potentially be used! There is no reason that a child needs a spy camera. I would definitely not buy this for my daughter!

  • MadHatter By MadHatter
    11.08.10  

    wow, this can really fall into the wrong hands. why would they do this? i think that these types of toys should ONLY be sold to professionals like Physiologists or such. But NOT to the general public. I agree with some of the comments above. What if this encourages Pedo?s? this is disgusting. isn't it enough that there is nanny cam's in teddy bears, now in a Barbie? No. i am extremly mixed on how people are going to use this. good or bad.

  • shellybugb By shellybugb
    11.08.10  

    I don't think it is supposed to be a "spy cam." My daughter is 7 and she is slowly moving away from playing with barbies but thought this would be a cool way to create videos of Barbies playing from the perspective of Barbie. Yes, there is potential for abuse, but this product is widely marketed and most little girls are aware of this product, its not some underground thing make for pedophiles.

  • shellybugb By shellybugb
    11.08.10  

    In addition, I would hope that any parent with young children would be assisting or at least supervising their children on the internet.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    11.08.10  

    Boycott! What in the world was Mattel thinking?

  • roo25hoo By roo25hoo
    11.08.10  

    Wow. I think the idea is good in theory but in practice probably not the smartest route for the kids. What in the world do you think your 6 year old is going to do that you don't already know about. Plus the idea of it falling into the wrong hands is too real of a threat. I'll pass on this one.

  • SavdByGrace By SavdByGrace
    11.08.10  

    When I immediately got an icky feeling thinking about this toy, I'd say it is an inappropriate way to "disguise" a camera, period. If Barbie must have a cam, why not in her hand? Why hidden in her necklace? Strange concept for a child's playtime.

  • enchantinglight By enchantinglight
    11.08.10  

    While the toy itself is not the problem, it's the people who use them for malicious purposes who are. While they people who made this were trying to come up with something new that kids might like, in the hands of the wrong person would be terrible! I say, take it off the market.

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