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December 6th, 2010
07:45 AM ET

FBI: New Barbie 'Video Girl' doll could be used for child porn

The FBI is warning law agencies to be aware of a new Barbie doll that has video recording capabilities.

Here’s the deal.  “Video Girl Barbie” has a video camera and microphone concealed as a necklace.  It also has view finder in the back so kids can record their playtime and post it online. 

See the concern now?  Sex offenders and child predators could find the videos online and the mini camera could make it easier to secretly film child pornography.  To be clear, the doll was released in July and there haven’t been any reports of it being used inappropriately.  Still, the FBI thinks it enough of a threat that it warned police investigators in a memo last month. "The possibility of the combination of these two in a single device presents a concern for investigators," said the alert, dated November 30.  It goes on to say that "law enforcement is encouraged to be aware of unconventional avenues for possible production and possession of child pornography, such as the Barbie Video Girl.”

The toy maker, Mattel Inc., released the following statement regarding the FBI memo: "The FBI is not reporting that anything has happened. Steve Dupre from the FBI Sacramento field office has confirmed there have been no incidents of this doll being used as anything other than its intent. Mattel products are designed with children and their best interests in mind. Many of Mattel's employees are parents themselves and we understand the importance of child safety - it is our number one priority."

What do you think?  Could the Barbie pose a threat or has it been taken out of context?  Leave us a comment below and Kyra could read it on air in the 10 o’clock hour.


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  1. Sheryl Ray

    What Is Wrong With A Video Barbie Doll? I Would Like To Have One!

    December 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  2. Jordan Fisher

    My opinion is that these Barbie dolls should be taken off of market. I mean, there are too many creeps these days who would take advantage of an item like that. Also, little kids don't know better so they might not even know what the doll can do which makes it worst in the end. If they are filmed they wouldn't even know that it can go online and etc. This wasn't intended to turn out this way but it has. We should stop it before something does happen.

    December 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  3. Nicole

    I normally do not make comments on blogs, but I am tired of the media attacking a company who is making childhood memories. All my daughter wanted for her 8th birthday was a Video Barbie Doll. I purchased her one and do not see anything wrong with it. My daughter plays with hers all over the house and I am the one in control what goes on the computer. This video doll is no different from all the other tech gadgets around. What about cell phones that can record video? Sex offenders and child predators will use whatever they can to go after a child. Who do you know that has a cell phone or a video recorder? Do you have a cell phone or a video recorder? Are you going to return it because you can make a video? I would like to thank the media for now encouraging everyone to go buy one; Mattel should be happy

    December 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Sarah

    The "Barbie Video Girl" seems like a suspicious toy for a child. It seems to me Mattel invented the doll for crooks and pedafiles. Higher order thinking reveals the way a "barbie video girl" can be used. For example someone can use the doll as a way to spy on women in dressing rooms...

    Children are not interested in video recording! Children are more interested in learning how to fulfill their most basic needs, as well as learn how to socialize with other children. Company spokesperson for Mattel excuses this invention as "...kids like making videos and uploading things to the computer."

    I really hope parents wise up and don't purchase a product that can be used for alternative reasons.

    December 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  5. Knucklebuster

    Give me a break! Everything is a video recorder these days. And you can buy a much smaller and cheaper one than this if you have ill intentions. My daughter has just recently outgrown her Barbie days or she'd be getting one for Christmas.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 am |

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