Sure, the 'Santa Cams,' might only work because they're worried they won't get their favorite toys if they don't do their chores, but wouldn't it be nice to have one month without begging your kids to stop throwing temper tantrums in the condiment aisle of the grocery store? An imaginary elf that can move around the house is at least somewhat in line with the magical Santa narrative, but Santa's security cameras are a bit too real for some parents to process.
So, when a few moms posted in an online parenting groups that they're making Santa Cams, other parents called it 'Orwellian' and 'Dystopian.'
So Santa is a voyeur is what we are teaching kids? Elves are snitches and Santa likes to watch. I’m sure this won’t f*ck kids up at all.
I used to work as a cashier at Target. One time this lady walked in with her young kid, maybe 4 years old. He saw our security cameras and immediately said, 'Look, mom! Santa cameras!' She had this huge smile on her face as she said, 'That's right, honey! He's always watching you.' It wasn't even winter. I only worked summers because of school. all I could think was that the poor kid would be traumatized when he found out the truth.
Jesus Christ. I though the elf was bad. This sh*t just hurts your kids. Don't do it.
Not that much of a leap from the freaking Elf on the Shelf that like everyone has started doing.
I mean, they're fake? Who cares? The parents aren't spying on their kids? I mean, I even grew up with constantly recording security cameras in the house (not for us, we just lived in a bad area so we had cameras on all entrances) and nothing was weird about it they were just a fact of life. Cameras aren't inherently evil.
What do you think? Are Santa Cams harmless little tools to help tired parents or are they creepy, dystopian spyware preparing them to live in fear of breaking the rules in the staff room at their first job?