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Technology is getting a bit ridiculous...

C'mon. A video camera in a Barbie? I love technology in so many ways, but I don't think it's a good idea to give to children. They could record anything and it could end up anywhere. I just don't think this is necessary at all. Thoughts?

http://gizmodo.com/5473048/to-catch-a-predator-barbie

Re: Technology is getting a bit ridiculous...

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    Is that for real? It has to be a joke. That's ridiculous.

    I think certain technology is good to give to kids. I got my nephew one of those my first digital cameras and that's fun, he was always wanting to take pictures with my sister's camera anyway. I also think a lot of the learning toys like leap frog and the little lap tops are awesome. A camcorder? No so much.

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    No, it's real.

    And I agree, leapfrog stuff and learning games are fine. I'd personally be wary about the camera, but that's just me.

    But this Barbie is just going a bit overboard, to me.
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    FI and I saw a commercial for that and it both made us uneasy. We also found this slightly inappropriate..

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101123/ap_on_en_ot/us_the3rd_eye


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    Oh, the things people do in the name of "art".
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_technology-getting-bit-ridiculous?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:e208c2de-2c35-4dd6-ad8b-b938d5a8bab2Post:f7ca7a53-5fea-4ff6-b80a-0c096172b686">Re: Technology is getting a bit ridiculous...</a>:
    [QUOTE]Meh. Is it the greatest toy ever, no, not even close. But I don't think it's that bad. Wouldn't be something I would purchase for my goddaughter, because there are more entertaining things available, but I don't have a big problem with it. When we were kids, there were Fisher price film cameras, and every kid on the block had tape recorders, so what exactly makes this so much worse? Besides, you know the kids will break it in a week or two, assuming it works in the first place.
    Posted by mrs.jesse[/QUOTE]

    Well, the FBI seems to think it could be problematic.

    <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1335649/FBI-issues-warning-Barbie-Video-Girl-used-paedophiles-make-child-pornography.html?ito=feeds-newsxml" rel="nofollow">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1335649/FBI-issues-warning-Barbie-Video-Girl-used-paedophiles-make-child-pornography.html?ito=feeds-newsxml</a>

    I didn't say this would be so much worse than anything ever, I just think that toys like this are a bit much. Sure we had cameras and voice recorders, but we also didn't have the internet. Big difference.
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    Other Barbies don't have video cameras to record child pornography. So that's sort of a major difference between this Barbie and any other one, no?

    And this camera can stream wirelessly to a computer. So yeah a 5 or 6 year old or anyone else could easily put things on the internet or a computer/mobile device. To me, a recording of someone's voice is worlds away from video.

    Also, this is a toy that children can carry around with them to school. They can leave it there or on a bus or drop it in the street for all I know. So as far as who is going to see/hear it - it could be anyone.

    Understandably, most kids who have this will be just fine I'm sure. But it only takes a few instances here and there for something to go wrong with this. I just think a video camera is a little much for a young child. Especially under the guise that it's a Barbie. I wouldn't buy a 5 or 6 years old an actual video camera so why this, KWIM?

    But yeah, I guess agree to disagree.
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    I don't quite get the FBI warning, who does that help exactly, other than tell pedophiles exactly what to buy for Christmas? Unless maybe now you'll side-eye everyone who does buy that for a kid for Christmas.

    I mean, I think this is a stupid toy for other reasons, like when I was 5 or 6 I liked actually seeing the camera, in fact I kind of wanted one of those fake cameras just so I could play camera with it. When I was 8 I would have saved up to buy an extra nice Barbie, one with a prettier, poofier dress or something, but I would not have used more of my birthday money to pay for a Barbie with a big ugly hole in her chest. So unless this is just a way to spy on your kid (like a nanny cam) I don't get it.
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    I agree that as a toy it holds little value for kids, but I don't think it is a threat to children as they stated.  I just don't think that this Barbie is going to promote pedophilia/child pornography.  If someone isn't a pedophile, I don't think they will see this toy and suddenly decide it might be a good idea to try it. 

    That said, I don't think guns kill people, but people kill people.  Perhaps not a great comparison, but if someone is intent on doing harm to another, they will do it no matter what devices/tools they come across.

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    LTZ, I agree with you. I definitely don't like this.
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    I didn't really read anything in here, but my friend heard about a phone that can test for STDs.  Apparently, you piss on something, inject it into the phone and the phone analyzes whether you have an STD or not. I've always wanted to piss on my phone ;).
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_technology-getting-bit-ridiculous?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:e208c2de-2c35-4dd6-ad8b-b938d5a8bab2Post:93719cc2-f027-4f2f-bca3-71b46eb940bd">Re: Technology is getting a bit ridiculous...</a>:
    [QUOTE]I agree that as a toy it holds little value for kids, but I don't think it is a threat to children as they stated.  <strong>I just don't think that this Barbie is going to promote pedophilia/child pornography.  <u>If someone isn't a pedophile, I don't think they will see this toy and suddenly decide it might be a good idea to try it.</u></strong>  That said, I don't think guns kill people, but people kill people.  Perhaps not a great comparison, but if someone is intent on doing harm to another, they will do it no matter what devices/tools they come across.
    Posted by Maggie214624[/QUOTE]

    I don't think it promotes it either. I just pointed out that the possibility was there based on the articles.

    Also, the part I underlined above, what does that mean? Of course if someone isn't a pedophile, they aren't going to see a toy and decide to become a pedophile. That's not the way it works.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_technology-getting-bit-ridiculous?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:e208c2de-2c35-4dd6-ad8b-b938d5a8bab2Post:0ac179a3-b26d-45db-b20e-0f664a492e95">Re: Technology is getting a bit ridiculous...</a>:
    [QUOTE]I didn't really read anything in here, but my friend heard about a phone that can test for STDs.  Apparently, you piss on something, inject it into the phone and the phone analyzes whether you have an STD or not.<strong> I've always wanted to piss on my phone ;).</strong>
    Posted by NatesGirl16[/QUOTE]


    You haven't done that yet, just beacuse?
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    I don't like it, but I'm not sure if it's the threat or just the fact that I will not buying my kid a $50 barbie that she will probably break in 2 days. It's just a stupid thing and I almost see it as a marketing ploy to get older girls (preteen/teen) to continue playing with barbie. The buttons look way too small for a younger kid to be able to use without mass frustration.

    Have you read the comments? They are freaking hilarious.
    "I have a predator Ken who sits in a windowless white van"
    "Moooom, dad's tinkering with my Barbie again"
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    Yeah the comments are the best part, haha.
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    I'm a tech person but I do get concerned about all of the technology out there for kids now. My 4 year old neice currently has her v-reader, a laptop, 3 digital cameras and a bunch of random computerish run games. I'll admit that it makes long road trips a lot easier, but I do wonder how much this is killing family interaction when they start playing "games" (even learning ones) at such a young age and toning out their surroundings.
    It's also hard because it blurs the lines between toys and real machines. Most kids with the v-tech stuff don't seem to understand that their toy laptop (with harddrive, usb ports, etc) are different than their parents $1000 laptop or why they can't just play with both of them.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_technology-getting-bit-ridiculous?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:e208c2de-2c35-4dd6-ad8b-b938d5a8bab2Post:6c43b798-cd93-469a-ab38-47df4f497e80">Re: Technology is getting a bit ridiculous...</a>:
    [QUOTE]I'm a tech person but I do get concerned about all of the technology out there for kids now. My 4 year old neice currently has her v-reader, a laptop, 3 digital cameras and a bunch of random computerish run games. I'll admit that it makes long road trips a lot easier, <strong>but I do wonder how much this is killing family interaction when they start playing "games" (even learning ones) at such a young age and toning out their surroundings.</strong> It's also hard because it blurs the lines between toys and real machines. Most kids with the v-tech stuff don't seem to understand that their toy laptop (with harddrive, usb ports, etc) are different than their parents $1000 laptop or why they can't just play with both of them.
    Posted by katiewhompus[/QUOTE]


    That was really one of the things that bothered me most about this and all those types of games. Some of those learning computer games are great and kids love them but it seems like interaction and imagination are slowly being phased out in some areas.
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    Yeah. I mean, obviously I'm all for socializing online when you are older, but when a kid can't go for a 10 minute drive without needing some form of electronic entertainment it worries me.
    I also see our high school kids who cannot function through an 8 hour day without having their ipod or some sort of music playing in the background. Whatever happened to singing to yourself in your head or just sitting and being still (or you know, learning...)
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_technology-getting-bit-ridiculous?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:17Discussion:e208c2de-2c35-4dd6-ad8b-b938d5a8bab2Post:dbcdd359-5308-4762-a0fd-73295fe2c649">Re: Technology is getting a bit ridiculous...</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Technology is getting a bit ridiculous... : I don't think it promotes it either. I just pointed out that the possibility was there based on the articles. Also, the part I underlined above, what does that mean? Of course if someone isn't a pedophile, they aren't going to see a toy and decide to become a pedophile. That's not the way it works.
    Posted by LessThanZero[/QUOTE]

    I didn't say you stated that it promoted it, but the FBI warning article and the associated comment does make reference to it.  That is what I am referring to. 
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