Most of us remember the playground as being a place of fun and excitement during our childhood. But what if, as an adult, it was the source of our worst nightmare?
A man set out on a social experiment to determine if and when children on playgrounds would talk to strangers. After receiving the parents’ permission, he would approach a child on the playground with a puppy. He would then offer to show them more puppies, and when they eagerly expressed interest, he would lead them away. As the children are individually led away, the camera cuts to the faces of the mothers. They all register horror at the prospect that their children would so easily agree to being led away by a stranger, especially after the parents had expressed confidence that the children would not agree to go.
The experiment shines a light on several things.
It displays in vivid detail how easily and quickly young children may be lured away from their parents. It should also give pause to parents over whether they truly know how their children would react in such a scenario. This is not to say that the playground has to be anything other than a wonderful place to bring kids. Being aware of what’s going on while at the playground is the key to a safe and happy experience. That way, kids can remember in later years the playground being a place of true fun and excitement.
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