Sunday, June 07, 2015

Dateline: "My Child Would Never Do That": test whether kids resist lures by actors posing as possible predators

NBC Dateline on Sunday night, in an episode “My Child Would Never Do That”, staged several experiments with a 20-something white male actor, setting up lures to see if kids remember not to go with strangers.
One middle school boy “helped load” a truck, and was “kidnapped” when the actor closed the truck. He was driven to the production team and parents two blocks away (I think in NYC).  But a middle-school aged girl turned him down.
Later, two middle-school aged boys did turn down an ice cream truck where they had to go inside.  But a teenage boy wasn’t able to avoid the lure of a video game arcade.
Lynn Keller has a writeup at NBC on the episode here


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