FBI Warning: Video Girl Barbie Could Be Used By Pedophiles & Other Predators

Filed in Gather Technology News Channel by on December 6, 2010 0 Comments

There is a new FBI warning about a Video Girl Barbie doll made by Mattel. Yes, Barbie is part of the childhood of many, but this doll might not be safe for your child. It could be used by child predators and pornographers to film your child.It is always important to know what toys and other items your child uses. Why is this one so unsafe?

NUREMBERG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: The Barbie video doll is pictured during the International Toy Fair on February 4, 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany. 2,700 exhibitors from over 60 countries worldwide will present their new toy products until February 9, 2010. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

The FBI warning was issued after a camera was found in a necklace the Barbie wears. This camera is able to film footage, and then download the video to a computer. As simple as downloading a video, a predator can have footage of your child that you wouldn’t even be aware of. This is not safe. Not at all. Now if this is something used in your own home, then there is no issue.

Are you with your child twenty-four hours a day though? The answer to that question is probably not. There is school and daycare, friends and other caretakers that come in contact with your child on any given day.  If those hands belong to that of someone looking to do harm, then this toy from Mattel is not safe. This FBI warning was an internal memo that was somehow leaked to media in Seattle.

Yes, the memo was not meant for public consumption, but it is now out, and Mattel has yet to make a statement about its Video Girl Barbie and this new information. Here is another case where the advancements in technology are less than desirable. The camera in this doll can be used to hurt children. A camera that small can actually go undetected if the child did not know the Barbie had one. They can be filmed without them even knowing it was happening. This is a scary but true fact. It might not have happened yet, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen at all.

Cameras that small weren’t even possible years ago. They were big and bulky and impossible. Technological advancements have made cameras smaller and smaller. Now they can fit in an area so small that one can fit in Barbie’s necklace. This just goes to show you. Be aware at all times what your child is doing. It is important to know who is around them, and now it is even more important to watch the toys they play with. Go here for the latest news.

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