You always hear about the hottest toys lists every year. However, for every hot toy list, there is a “toys you shouldn’t buy” list aimed at protecting your children. Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment, or TRUCE, has come up with the first of such lists.
Gone are the days when you could let a kid be a kid. Today, we are surrounded on all sides by parent and teacher groups that are trying to keep kids safe from harm and mentally stimulated. To these groups, it would seem a crime to boy a toy gun without fearing it would promote violence, or give a girl a Barbie without fearing about body image issues.
The first item buzzing on the bad toys list are the Monster High Dolls from Mattel. TRUCE says that these toys have dangerously thin bodies and are scantily dressed. The fears for these toys is not only the danger of eating disorders and body image issues, but also exposing girls to sexual themes at an early age.
Second on the naughty toy list are Disney Fairies Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Play-a-Sound Book from Publications International. What could be wrong about harmless fairies? TRUCE says that it promotes gender stereotypes.
Lastly, The ‘I Am T-Pain’ Microphone by ProTunes. It’s a microphone toy that Auto-Tunes your voice. You download songs and sing-along with them, and the microphone will make you sound like T-Pain. TRUCE says that this toy “inhibits imaginative play” along with the added danger of possibly meeting predators online while downloading songs.
“Parents need to carefully evaluate the toys they purchase for their children. While many promote healthy play there are a number of toys on the market that are harmful to a child’s development,” said Diane E. Levin, a co-founder of TRUCE and professor of education at Wheelock College.