Toys are a wonderful way for your child to learn. Some toys are pre-programmed to know how to respond to certain questions, answers, actions,etc. They know colors and random facts. But are they safe? \n\n\n\nNone of us want our kids to be spied on as they play. We all want our kids to be safe at home and at play! Thus comes the question, do these toys have cameras in them?\n\n\n\nYou can inspect the toy to try and find a hidden camera or just be careful of the toys you purchase. Some toys have been known to hide secret cameras such as a nanny cam that can be controlled by parents.\n\n\n\nSmart toys are amazing! These educational playthings teach kids about so many things but can make parents wonder if their child is being watched or listened to. \n\n\n\nIn an article by Anna Prist, she wisely states, \u201cAs with the world wide web, parents must take responsibility for what their child sees or hears.\u201d She continues, \u201cSmart toys haven\u2019t become customary yet, and there are no special regulations on a child\u2019s right to privacy (except for, perhaps, the Convention on the Rights of the Child). \n\n\n\nSome manufacturers may collect the information to put it, as they say, to good use \u2014 further toy\u2019s training and improvement. But what we have learned, this information could fall into the wrong hands. That is why parents have to drill down the information on the toy and its manufacturer. \n\n\n\nThey have to be well-informed in order to foresee potential harm. \n\n\n\nParents should inform themselves whether the company who develops those toys is trusted on ethical content and whether it works closely with child psychologists and pediatricians.\u201d \n\n\n\nAlthough most of the time you shouldn\u2019t have to worry about there being cameras in any of your toys (smart toys or not) it is a good idea to check any toys that you buy from a sketchy store or that are given to your children as gifts from people that you don\u2019t know very well. \n\n\n\nOf course some toys are designed with cameras in them so you can keep an eye on your children as they sleep or while they are being watched by a nanny or babysitter. These toys are designed to look like real toys but allow you to make sure that your children are well taken care of even when you aren\u2019t at home. \n\n\n\nTo see some popular nanny cameras just click here. \n\n\n\nAre There Cameras In Stuffed Animals? \n\n\n\nStuffed animals are almost always a child's favorite toys. They can carry them around during the day and cuddle up with them at night. Teddy bear is adorable and snuggly but you may be asking if he houses a camera in those brown eyes?\n\n\n\nParents are able to purchase a stuffed animal with a camera for the purpose of checking up on their nannies\/babysitters or watching their children. These are expensive purchases, but are excellent ways to make sure your kids are safe.\n\n\n\nBesides that most stuffed animals won\u2019t have cameras in them unless they are being used for a nefarious purpose or the toy has been altered in some way. \n\n\n\nA mom found a camera in her child's teddy bear that was won at a fair and it was later found out it was a nanny cam that had been returned and according to the fair booth owner he didn't know anything about it when buying his prizes. \n\n\n\nFor more about this story you can click here. \n\n\n\nIf nothing else this story should make us as parents be a little more wary of any toy that doesn\u2019t come from a reputable brand or someone that we know and trust. \n\n\n\nIf your stuffed animal\/toy did have a camera you most likely would be able to spot it and if you have any doubts, get rid of it. It\u2019s better to be safe than sorry!\n\n\n\nDo People Put Cameras In Toys? \n\n\n\nJust like you wouldn't allow someone you didn't know into your home, you shouldnt allow something you don't know about into your home either. Toys that raise concerns for parents include those that talk back, have cameras or microphones and recording devices. \n\n\n\nYou should be extra careful when purchasing or receiving a toy that it does not have a hidden camera. Some people may put cameras in toys in order to spy on children or even their parents. \n\n\n\nThis isn't always the case with every toy but you should be careful to protect your child. Of course things like this happening are rare but they do happen. \n\n\n\nYou may have heard of My Friend Cayla. This blonde doll knew so many things and could actually understand you. She was said to be the smartest friend you will ever have. However, this doll was vulnerable to hackers because it connected to bluetooth and transferred the recordings of children directly to the internet. \n\n\n\nBy doing this it could be hacked and eventually it was. It was said though that this required highly technical skills but the hacker stated that it was a \u201ctech prank\u201d, yet this made Germany\u2019s government and parents of children who owned the doll very uneasy.\n\n\n\nAfter the ban the company stated, \u201cWe take the safety of our products and our consumers\u2019 experience extremely seriously \u2014 as well as, obviously, their compliance with all applicable rules and regulations in the markets in which we operate. However, the claims in the German media are factually incorrect and we are working with our German partners to resolve this issue, \n\n\n\nThis doll is perfectly safe to own and use when following the user instructions.\u201d\n\n\n\nEven though companies may not intend for their merchandise to be hacked, they still can be with the access to the internet. In order to keep this from happening, if your child's toy has a camera or microphone make sure it is powered off if not being used by them. \n\n\n\nThis deters hackers since they cannot gain information from a toy that is not turned on. You can also tell your children not to tell the toy anything that is secret or personal. \n\n\n\nJust be careful and do your research. Think before you give your child something that connects to the internet. \n\n\n\nKnow what you're bringing into your home! \n\n\n\nHow Do You Tell If A Stuffed Animal\/Toy Has A Camera? \n\n\n\nYou may be curious as to how to know if your toy has a hidden camera. Common sense should tell you first to look and examine it.\n\n\n\nSearching the toy for any abnormal parts is a good place to start if you suspect a camera in it. Cameras are normally placed on the eyes of stuffed animals so if you want to make sure check the eyes of the toy. \n\n\n\nNow if your child\u2019s toy has a recording device as we said earlier check up on it. Three ways to keep your privacy in your home is by researching the product, shutting it off when not in use, and searching any toy for a camera if you didn\u2019t get it from a normal store. \n\n\n\nThe subject of toys that may have cameras in them is a scary topic for any parent, but one that should be called to attention. Avoiding this scenario though is easy if you know what to look for. \n\n\n\nMake sure they are safe to use!