Watch out, Ken – Barbies got a spy cam. The new Video Girl Barbie embedded with a working video camera capable of taking 30-minute videos, cleverly hidden in the dolls necklace (Barbie always did know how to accessorize).
One Australian psychologist is calling for a boycott, warning the Barbie cam will make it too easy for adults to exploit children and for children to upload inappropriate videos to the Internet.
Boycott this product and to refuse to shop in any store that justifies selling this potentially pornographic tool,” clinical psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack urged readers of the Herald Sun newspaperof Melbourne, Australia. She said she has counselled patients in the past who have been filmed without their knowledge. Must I now also deal with clients who have been traumatized by a misused Barbie?”
Of course, with all the recording devices available these days, from flip cameras to cell phones, will another lens (albeit a pink, sparkly one) really tip the balance against children’s privacy?
Parents, would you buy this Barbie for your child? And beyond Barbie, how do you talk to your kids about privacy and boundaries in the digital age?
Ever wonder what it’s like to be Barbie? Well now you can get a better idea of what it’s like to be Barbie with the Barbie Video Girl Doll. The doll features a video camera built directly into Barbie’s necklace with a LCD video screen on her back, so you can record and view everything that Barbie’s seen and experienced. Let her ride on the handlebars of your bike and playback video directly on the LCD screen hidden under Barbie’s shirt on her back. Or you can plug a USB cable into Barbie herself and view your video masterpiece on the big screen like a TV or computer. Record videos up to 30 minutes long and even edit videos (add music and sound effects) on Barbie.com. The Barbie Video Girl Doll will cost around $50 and will be available in July 2010.
Update 6/29/10 – We finally got our hands on the Barbie Video Girl Doll – check out our sister site Chip Chick for the full review.