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Dr. Laura Pinto is a digital technology professor who has begun warning everyone that the Elf on the Shelf is preparing kids to be comfortable with police state surveillance. Merry Christmas! The Elf on the Shelf has become a widely popular tradition in recent years. It's based on a 2005 book, in which elves are described as scouts that watch over people's homes and report any suppressive or subversive activity back to the North Pole. Wow. When you read it in one simple statement, it actually sounds exactly like a police state.

Pinto co-authored a paper in which the Orwellian Christmas tradition is described as:

Sources: The Washington Post