Fisher-Price have sparked a debate over a toy set designed to mimic a home office – with some critics dubbing it “bleak.”
The set – which is designed to emulate a home office – features a toy laptop, a wooden phone and headset and a plastic coffee cup.
Called ‘My Home Office’, the product sparked a debate on social media as it was dubbed “bleak” and “depressing” by some critics.
The product was shared on Twitter by writer Drew Harwell, who sarcastically tweeted: “This (real) Fisher-Price My Home Office toy set is so bleak: “Better grab a latte to go, that report is due this morning.” Ages 3 and up.”
Another person replied: “This literally made me cry. I’m devastated for these kiddos.”
A third said: “This is terribly bittersweet. Kids have long had toys that allow them to imitate grownups. When I was a child that meant cooking sets and, perhaps, cash registers.
“Staring into a laptop and wearing a headset says things about late capitalism but also about gender equality.”
“Better grab a latte to go, that report is due this morning and there’s a call with the dog across the street after nap time,” the description of the product states.
“With the Fisher-Price® My Home Office set, your preschooler is the boss of their own workstation at home, the local coffee shop, or the moon.
“This 8-piece pretend playset includes a pretend laptop, 4 fabric apps to attach to the computer screen, a wood smartphone and headset for all those important business calls, and a to-go cup for kids to sip their favorite beverage.”
But others defended the product – and pointed out that it could be a popular option for many.
One mum wrote: “I know this is bleak but little kids really do like to emulate what adults do so this makes sense as a thing that exists.”
Another agreed, writing: “I don’t see this as particularly insidious? Kids love doing the things their parents do, and they’ve spent the last year watching their parents work. It’s not brainwashing your kid to love work any more than any other toy approximating a grown-up activity.”
Fisher-Price has been contacted for comment.