Elf on the Shelf Has An Evil Side, says UOIT prof
It’s suppose to be a Christmas decoration to excite children but according to a Toronto academic, the Elf on the Shelf is teaching kids to accept a surveillance state.
Published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Laura Pinto argues in her paper, Who’s the Boss that the Elf on the Shelf “sets up children for dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures.”
The fairy tale of the Elf on the Shelf states the elf resides in children’s homes for the month of December and each night while the child is asleep, the elf flies back to the North Pole to update Santa on the child’s behaviour; “naughty” or “nice.”
The Elf on the Shelf story has become very popular and parents have been feeding their social media feeds with photos of the elf in odd places around their homes.
Pinto thinks the trend is worrisome:
“You’re teaching (kids) a bigger lesson, which is that it’s OK for other people to spy on you and you’re not entitled to privacy,” she told the Toronto Star in an interview.
“If you grow up thinking it’s cool for the elves to watch me and report back to Santa, well, then it’s cool for the NSA to watch me and report back to the government.”
Derringer rips into the professor and her thoughts about what the Elf on the Shelf teaches children:
Is the Elf on a Shelf an appropriate way to keep your children in line, or is it teaching your children to accept a surveillance state? Hasn’t the whole concept of Santa, naughty or nice, elves and the North Pole been around a lot longer than the NSA?