I never did like that little snitch…

…and now someone agrees with me. ‘Elf on the Shelf’ conditions kids to accept surveillance state, says Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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 tells the Toronto Star.

She calls the elf “an external form of non-familial surveillance,” and says it’s potentially conditioning children to accept the state acting that way, too.

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.

And to add insult to injury, parents PAY for this nosy little bastard at trendy bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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