Safe Cuddling

The talented Bold Futures team produced as a spoof and an experiment, a suit that allows for the innocent cuddling of children. When the child wearing the suit is touched for too long or in inappropriate areas an alarm goes off, first gently hinting to potential ambiguities, finally assertively reminding (flashlights! bells!) the parent or care-taker and others around of their responsibility. The proposal was shown to parents, child minders and a child protection professional to spark debate about rational and irrational fears, about risks, technology, the media and attitudes within society towards child safety. The project was also presented and discussed in exhibitions and on various blogs. WORLDbytes is delighted to host edited highlights of their experiment.