Excerpt from this article:
As we’ve seen time and time again in the last couple of years, so-called “smart” devices connected to the internet—what is popularly known as the Internet of Things or IoT—are often left insecure or are easily hackable, and often leak sensitive data. There will be a time when IoT developers and manufacturers learn the lesson and make secure by default devices, but that time hasn’t come yet. So if you are a parent who doesn’t want your loving messages with your kids leaked online, you might want to buy a good old fashioned teddy bear that doesn’t connect to a remote, insecure server.
Excerpt from this article, which I found after hearing about how much my three-year-old nephew loves “watching eggs” (it’s really a thing! see also this article here, and this other one here):
They may leave many slightly bemused, but the phenomenon of online ‘unboxing’ videos appears to have developed a captive audience among toddlers across the world.
Videos showing toys being unwrapped have been viewed billions of times, with one unboxing channel in particular recently becoming the most watched YouTube show in the US… Overall, the channel has been watched more than 3 billion times, according to The Telegraph.
Updated, May 2016: Check out this article, “Inside the Strange and Slightly Creepy World of ‘Surprise Egg’ Videos”