There’s always one toy that seems to draw the attention of the media…and this year it’s the new Barbie Video Girl. Critics are suggesting that she could be used as a tool for creating child pornography. It’s not lost on me that as a girl that never played with Barbies and as an adult toy reviewer that often questions Barbie’s various professions – that I am now feeling the need to defend this high-tech version of this doll icon. Many holiday stories about toys have a life of their own. One person makes a strong statement about a particular toy..and in this year, where there is no run away hot toy, editors and producers looking for a nice toy story will hold onto a story that has all the hot topics rolled into one. What’s more titillating than a story that draws Barbie, sex and crimes and against children?
True, Barbie Video Camera could be used in inappropriate ways. Yet, I’m not sure why the same isn’t being said of the other video cameras for children this year. It’s a hot category that includes a spy watch with a built in video camera that can used to entice both boys and girls…or how about the little toy helicopter with a built in video camera. We need to be careful about the people in our children’s lives – but to suggest that this camera is particularly dangerous is ridiculous.