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    Predator Test - Stranger Danger

    I thought this was a very useful article and experiment/test done by the TV show producers. Would any of you test your child this way to assess whether they truly understand not to go anywhere with a stranger?


    Would your kids go home with a stranger?


    If 20 children were on a playground, how many would follow a stranger with a puppy to his car?

    HLN’s Kyra Phillips put 20 children to the "Predator Test." With the permission of their parents, an HLN producer, posing as a predator, tried to coax them off the playground, away from their parents. All the moms who participated in the four test sessions told HLN they had warned their children about wandering off with strangers. But would it make a difference?

    When the HLN producer walked onto the playground with a puppy, many children ran straight for him. It was as though they couldn't resist the lure of a cute dog. Then our producer/predator made his pitch. He tried to direct the children back to his vehicle.

    “I need to go give him some water. Do y’all want to come with me and help me feed him and give him some water?” he asked.
    "I want to feed the dog!" one of the boys answered.

    So off they went, exiting the playground while their mothers watched in disbelief. The children walked through a parking lot and stopped at the HLN producer's SUV, chatting along the way. The producer opened the back of his vehicle, and the kids still didn't sense any danger.

    Then, without much effort, our producer convinced one of the children to crawl into his dog's crate. His mother said her heart was pounding.

    “We talked about strangers and he knows not to talk with strangers or go with them,” his mother said. “We didn’t speak about strangers with pets … I’m thinking we need to go over some more scenarios and just let him know it’s not OK.”

    That’s why “stranger danger” is more like “scared straight,” Dr. Rebecca Bailey told HLN.

    “The words ‘stranger danger’ are somewhat out of vogue these days … because what it connotes is someone that looks totally different, maybe the toothless people you see on TV as an abductor. You want kids to know that it’s not necessarily like that. In the Dugard case, it was a couple," Dr. Bailey said.

    That is why she says it's essential for parents to test their children.

    "Part of developing critical thinking is to put kids in situations, scenarios, that are safe to teach them and to help them have the skills to deal with challenging situations,” she said.

    A total of seven children followed the undercover predator to his car, and child after child told HLN that the producer "looked like a nice guy." If he took care of animals, “How could he hurt a kid?” one of the girls rationalized. When asked what a “stranger” looked like, one of the boys simply answered, "Mean."
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    When asked what a “stranger” looked like, one of the boys simply answered, "Mean."

    That's so cute!

    But quite an eye-opening experiment.

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      i know! i just read this article this morning and thought the same! kids are so innocent and lured easily. need to make sure we train our babies to never go with anyone!

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        Originally posted by Huma View Post
        When asked what a “stranger” looked like, one of the boys simply answered, "Mean."

        That's so cute!

        But quite an eye-opening experiment.
        Don't most of us have that misconception? That a predator/pedosexual looks ungroomed, evil, dirty, shady.

        Whilst the worst predators look 'just like us'.

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          scary - my girls love dogs and anyone that lets them pet them.

          I am going to share this sceanrio with them. thanks for sharing.
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            The other day while I was waiting outside for my daughter's teacher to take her into her classroom; a mom arrived with a cute little puppy and instantly my kid and some other children wanted to go over and pet the puppy; and these are still little preschoolers we are talking,

            I am having this conversation (or words) sooner than later :/
            Last edited by Royal Gala; Aug 2, 2013, 08:41 PM.
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              Alhamdulillah, we have our little one pretty much trained, for the lack of a better word, to ask us before even thinking about petting a stranger's pet.

              She asks us before she does anything in a public setting.

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