Video Girl Barbie… to my inner child, this is a brilliant idea.
To my paedophile wary self, this is sick and wrong.
She looks kinda ghetto…
Video Girl Barbie, is a Barbie doll (aimed at girls 6+), with a video camera disguised as a a big blingy necklace, and a screen in her back so you can watch what your recording, pause, play, etc.
You can see through Barbie’s eyes (well, neck, but close enough), and for a little girl it’s probably so much fun, playing Barbie in first person, everything in Barbie-vision! Seeing things in Barbie scale, instead of being a giant!
Then, to teach tech skills and get kids involved with the Internet, you can plug it in to your computer via USB (located a tad above Barbie’s derrière), edit it using Video Girl Barbie software from the Barbie website, and then upload it to the Internet.
Sounds fun, right? If I were young enough to play with Barbies (I really wish I were, but it’s just not engaging anymore), I would be so excited! I loved editing videos, going on the Barbie website, etc (err, sometimes still do ^^;)
Parents spend so much of their time trying to PROTECT their children from the Internet… giving them toys that film them and let them upload it online is not… it’s just… no.
I mean, after the parents have supervised the kids using it a few times, the kids would know how to do it themselves.
Her thigh-batteries last for 30 minutes, and are rechargeable (you would hope… how would you get those things replaced?)
Now, to the really creepy stuff.
On the Barbie website, in big capital letters, ‘VIDEO GIRL BARBIE HAS A HIDDEN CAMERA!’.
It really is hidden – put her in a jacket without a big hole in the back, and you cannot tell… there is no blinking light or anything to indicate it is recording.
In a press release, it says, “Unsuspecting subjects won’t know Barbie is watching their every move”.
This could seriously be a paedophile tool… hopefully no pervs are reading this because I don’t want to give them ideas.
But, someone babysits your kids, gets them this toy, is all like “hey kids, put on a fashion show for Barbie!”.
I just can’t believe that Mattel didn’t think this through.
Do not buy this for your small children, on top of the intense creepiness, it encourages them to turn into those MySpace camera whores even younger.
I had fun with the pictures, can you tell? =3