As part of a four-week series reported on by NBC News' Natalie Morales, “Dateline’s” My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger premieres on Sunday, April 15 at 7pm/6c.
While stranger abductions are rare, all parents worry about keeping kids safe. In this special report, parents and experts watch as the following scenarios unfold, testing whether or not children know what to do when approached by a stranger.
- We test elementary school kids, including Natalie Morales’ own son, as they are invited for a private tour of an ice cream truck - will they remember what their parents have taught them about never getting into a vehicle with a stranger?
- And giving out personal information in the digital age can be dangerous—will some young teens tell a stranger their names and addresses, even though they’ve been warned not to? Anxious parents will be watching, and our experts will be standing by to offer advice about what to tell kids.
With the help of parents and child behavior experts, "Dateline's" hidden cameras capture children as they make critical choices about stranger safety, driving while texting & under the influence, cheating and discrimination. Parents and experts watch as the surprising, revealing scenarios unfold and share tips that will help children prepare for these situations in real life.
“We encourage parents to watch this series with their children,” said Liz Cole, Executive Producer, Dateline. “Each hour takes on an issue that keeps moms and dads up at night, and provides concrete advice that will help parents teach their kids to do the right thing.”
The series, available for purchase after it airs, can be found here.