the stranger

the stranger

Stranger Danger: Most Kids Walk Off With Non-Parent In Controversial Experiment

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Stranger danger. It's every parent's very worst nightmare, and according to one British television show, it deserves your attention. That's according to ITV News program "Daybreak," which recently conducted an experiment that has terrified some parents and outraged others with its conclusion that the majority of children can be easily lured away from their parents by strangers. The "Daybreak" investigation took nine pairs of volunteer children (ages 5-11) and parents, and placed them in a carefully controlled park scenario. As hidden cameras rolled, the parent stepped away to "take a call," and a Close Protection Officer acting as a random stranger attempted to lure the child out of the park. In seven out of the nine examples, the stranger was able to lure the child away within two minutes of their meeting. In a follow-up interview with the "Daybreak" hosts, parent participant Natasha confessed the experiment had left her shaken. "I haven't slept in two weeks," Natasha said. "It's just been a whole rude awakening for me. I literally am more vigilant now. ... My eyes are everywhere now." While Natasha thanked the show for highlighting the potential dangers posed by strangers, the experiment has also drawn criticism from some who called the program "scaremongering," reports The Independent.