Xmas toys and the growing normalisation of children’s self-surveillance

Xmas toys and the growing normalisation of children’s self-surveillance

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elf-on-the-shelf-headerSelena Nemorin has a new piece published through the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on the implications of the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ range of toys – especially parents’ reactions through social media.  As Selena and co-author Laura Pinto conclude: “When parents and teachers bring The Elf on the Shelf into homes and classrooms, are they preparing a generation of children to accept, not question, increasingly intrusive (albeit whimsically packaged) modes of surveillance?

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