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"Video Girl" Barbie: Is This a Bad Idea?

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At first glance, Barbie's new necklace screams serious bling. But upon closer scrutiny, you'll see there's a video camera embedded in the ruby, which can record up to 30 minutes of footage. Is Mattel running out of accessory ideas? No, it's all part of Barbie's new gig -- "Video Girl". You go, girl. Only problem is, this seems wildly inappropriate to some parents. A psychologist in Australia is leading a boycott of the product, claiming Barbie's covert camera will allow adults to exploit children, and will allow kids to upload inappropriate videos on the internet.

One part of me thinks this doll is pretty freaky, and I don't even want to imagine what would happen if this were to land in the wrong (sicko) person's hands. (I prefer my Barbie to be doing less controversial activities, hanging in her dream house or driving a safari Jeep, anyway.) But then again, kids of all ages have easy access to video cameras in phones and handheld devices -- technology is something they are already surrounded by. So the other half of me wonders what the big deal is. 

Parents, what do you think? Would you buy this doll for your daughter?

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