The Elf on the Shelf is preparing your child to live in a future police state, professor warns - The Washington Post
C’est une gentille histoire d’elfe des ateliers du #père_Noël qui surveille les enfants et fait ses rapports tous les jours au pôle Nord pour dire si le gosse a été sage. Un jouet permet à de jouer à ça à la maison pendant la saison qui précède #Noël et d’habituer les #enfants à la #surveillance et au #panopticon, écrit Laura Pinto...
“I don’t think the elf is a conspiracy and I realize we’re talking about a toy,” Pinto told The Post. “It sounds humorous, but we argue that if a kid is okay with this bureaucratic elf spying on them in their home, it normalizes the idea of surveillance and in the future restrictions on our privacy might be more easily accepted.”
Until the introduction of Elf on the Shelf, Santa’s mythological helpers had always been relegated to the toy workshop, Pinto said. After the story and toy were introduced by Chanda Bell, a onetime Atlanta reading teacher, the traditional narrative changed to include the hiding, surveillance and back-and-forth travel, Pinto said.
Pinto said she’s not the first person to be troubled by Elf on the Shelf’s surveilling. She’s said parents routinely contact her to say they changed the rules of the game after it made their families uneasy. And many kids, she said, often intuitively feel like spying and being a tattletale is wrong.
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