The Internet of toys

  title={The Internet of toys},
  author={Donell J. Holloway and Lelia Green},
  journal={Communication Research and Practice},
  pages={506 - 519}
  • D. Holloway, L. Green
  • Published 1 October 2016
  • Computer Science
  • Communication Research and Practice
ABSTRACT The Internet of Toys refers to a future where toys not only relate one-on-one to children but are wirelessly connected to other toys and/or database data. While existing toy companies and start-ups are eagerly innovating in this area, problems involving data hacking and other privacy issues have already occurred. The Hello Barbie and VTech hacks in late 2015 are recent examples. This article reviews, outlines, and analyses these recent advances in children’s engagement with the… 
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