May 24, 2024

Viral Video Of Ankle Monitor For Kids Is Completely Fake

Have you seen a video on social media of an ankle monitor for children? The video even has an app that lets parents track the movements of their little kids. But the ankle monitor is fake. In fact, it’s a hoax from start to finish.

The video, which has over 6 million views on Twitter alone, starts with someone pulling a product off the shelf at Walmart called “My First Ankle Monitor.” The person turns the product around in their hands, making it clear this isn’t just a simple photoshop-created fake. The product is “real” in the sense that someone went to the trouble of actually making this out of plastic and bringing it into Walmart.

“If you’re the parent of a young child and you’re not getting enough sleep at night, I’m betting it’s because your children will not stay in their room. That was my problem too until recently when I found this ankle monitor in Walmart,” the person in the video says.

But the first glimpse of this fake ankle monitor should be all the evidence you need that it’s a hoax. Do you see that red, white and blue logo in the upper left corner? That’s the unmistakable logo for Little Tikes. There’s just one problem: It says Little Yikes.

The video continues by showing a child getting the fake ankle monitor outfitted on their leg with a small Allen wrench.

“This brand is a godsend, taking a page out of the criminal rehabilitation playbook and applying it to children. The device easily straps onto your toddler’s leg and then puts in the work 24/7 to make sure they’re staying where they belong,” the person recording the video says.

The video goes on to explain there’s an app dubbed Tike Tracker with “awesome features” to track your child and even implies that it can deliver electric shocks. Thankfully, as we’ve established, this product doesn’t exist.

“It’s sort of like house arrest. You can also set up no-go zones for extra safety. I’m gonna do the whole house. Now whenever my little juvenile delinquent sneaks out of his room, I get a notification on my phone. From this point, there’s several different approaches on how to handle the situation, such as screaming at them from your bed or bargaining with them to get back in their room, but my favorite is to employ the built-in electrical impulse training tool. It’s actually kind of therapeutic. For me,” the video explains.

The video actually originated on TikTok, created by a user called legbootlegit whose account is filled with other fake items. As an example, one video from last year includes a fake hot dog brand from Snoop Dogg called Glizzles My Nizzles.

Ankle monitors have a long and strange history stretching back to the 1980s, when the first electronic surveillance devices were strapped to people in the U.S. The tech actually has roots in a series of Spider-Man comic strips from the 1970s, if you can believe it.

But the video that you may see going viral is completely fake. Why was it created? That part doesn’t have an answer yet. But some people just like making hoax videos, as we occasionally see here on the internet.

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