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Spy Cam Barbie: Boycott or Buy?

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Spy Cam Barbie: Boycott or Buy?
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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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  • vintagepurple By vintagepurple

    my problem with the toy is the viewing screewn on barbies back, seems alittle un settleing to me,

  • SZYmom By SZYmom

    To play devils advocate- how is this different from that spy-cam helicopter that they advertise on tv, or the spy-cam remote control vehicles? Both are childrens toys, but those are more "boy toys" while the Barbie is a "girl toy". I find it somewhat interesting the lack of controversy over the spy-cam vehicles. Although I do admit my first thought in regards to this doll was... creepy! Maybe because a helicopter flying around, or a vehicle driving across the floor are way more noticeable? I'm not sure. But, with any toy, and Internet usage obviously, it's up to the parents to supervise their children!

  • CrystalBurgard By CrystalBurgard

    My girls saw a commercial for this doll and kept saying how cool it was. Its a toy, let the kids have it if they want it. I think people are paranoid about perverts and this doll. Any pervert can hide a cell phone, camcorder, or whatever to do what they intend to do so boycotting this doll isnt going to be saving any kids from danger. I dont think pedophiles across the country are gearing up to go out and buy up these dolls so they can use them for other purposes. If you dont approve, then just dont buy it. Parents need to get back to parenting their own children and stop trying to blame manufacturers for all the problems or potential problems in the world.

  • TacomaGirl By TacomaGirl

    I wouldn't buy it. The camera is probably junk. I would allow my (hypothetical) child to have a digital camera. I don't like the idea of the camera being concealed inside of a doll though, too wierd. A camera should look exactly like a camera, otherwise I question it's intent.

  • JustFenix By JustFenix

    I wonder how many people are saying Boycott when they just mean they would not buy it. Boycotting is making a moral stand and in that case, I wonder how many of those that are "boycotting" also boycotted stuffed animals with nannie cams. It's seems that a lot of the "boycotters" are really just not buying because they think it is silly and overpriced. Now that concept, I can agree with. Just because they made the technology small enough to fit in a Barbie doesn't mean that you actually had to put it there. My daughter would have thought I had lost my mind if I gave that to her and then made it clear that she asked for camera AND a Barbie, not a camera IN a Barbie.

  • beth31j By beth31j

    Boycott! How far are we willing to go with these toys. Now we are going to take away the privacy of kids.

  • ginagina909 By ginagina909

    Boycott there is no reason for this toy at all. A regualr $8 Barbie works great!

  • ICanSpeak By ICanSpeak

    Buy, if it is to be used for good and legit purposes.

  • funmom31 By funmom31

    If it was used properly it would be GREAT. But I do agree it would get into the wrong hands and can see many potential problems. Even though it's a great concept I am going to have to say boycott....

  • purplerosecharm By purplerosecharm

    I maybe overdramatize it but I would never want someone give it to my children or I would buy one for them. It's such a stupid idea. Children are curious and would like to copy what adults do. I have no objection to give them a camera and teach them how to use it or what it is for but a hidden camera is totally out of the scope. If the parents want them to play with a camera, buy a camera but not a hidden camera. Our world has been surrounded by many nuts people and we can never imagine what are in their minds. But, I agree that we as parents need to teach the children to recognize danger and what to react.

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