FBI warning about Video-Girl Barbie

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - She's been an astronaut, teacher, paratrooper and even a news anchor. For 51 years, Barbie has let children take a look into the lives of others. Now, she wants to take a look at yours.

The new Video-Girl Barbie, with a small built in camera, is causing quite a stir. The box says in 3 easy steps, children 6 and up can see everything Barbie does from a camera on her chest and a screen in her back. The camera can record up to 30 minutes of video.

This caught the eye of the FBI. A memo sent to various law enforcement agencies said the doll could be misused and hold potential evidence in child sex crimes.

Mattel issued this statement:

"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."

Just getting the doll has been a priority for shoppers this holiday season. Local stores said Video-Girl Barbie is a top seller.

The FBI said there have been no incidents of misuse with the doll in any manner. The Video-Girl Barbie remains sold out at most Tyler and Longview stores. Target told us their stock of the doll had been discontinued.

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