Privacy is a difficult issue for kids-particularly in this era of rapidly accelerated "adult-hood" brought about via overworked parents, early pregnancy, risqué television, increased exposure to illicit substances, and God knows what other societal corrosives are out there.
Many parents are on top of the game, monitoring their children's activities with tenacity bordering on obsession. And, while this can sometimes be stifling to the child's personal and private life, it is justified given modern circumstances.
As an adult (though not yet a parent), I can understand why limitations on children are put into place. Kids are not fully capable of comprehending events that occur around them. But when you're young, these rules just seem unfair.
So, I am somewhat at odds when I recommend this item: The Discovery Children's Laser Beam Safe.
I think this thing is just plain cool. Kids simply place their treasures into the safe-it locks upon closing. The contents are then protected via motion detecting laser-lights, the owner's thumbprint, and a secret code-the keypad of which is located behind a sliding panel.
If the laser-light connection is disrupted or an invalid key code is entered, the safe sounds an alarm.
The primary downside of this toy seems to be the alarming (Get it? "Alarming???" Ha! I'm so funny I could just shoot myself in the face!) rate at which it eats through batteries. When the batteries get low, the safe cannot be opened.
The weight of the contents stored is also something of an issue, as it can snag the internal drawer, keeping it from pulling all the way open.
But come on... Laser-light security beams? Thumbprint access? A secret-coded keypad? That just screams cool.
Billy stores a small amount of weapons-grade plutonium in his laser-beam guarded safe. His parents are so proud...
Now, its possible that this little thing could be used by kids to hide illicit substances and such. But the target demographic appears to be for smaller children (eight to twelve years of age or so). The odds are good that the contents would be things such as army men, "love" letters, or maybe a true treasure-such as the Lego version of the Lost Ark of the Covenant.
The way I see it is if parents really want to know what's in the safe, a few whacks with a hammer should open it quite efficiently.
This item is an Amazon.com. exclusive.