Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t open the door for strangers. And don’t let strangers into the home.
These are just some of the important life lessons we drill into children’s heads as soon as they start to walk and talk (maybe sooner!). But when the time comes and our kids actually encounter these situations, does all that drilling really pay off?
Unfortunately in the social experiment conducted by Youtuber Joey Salads, he showed just how easy it is for kids let a stranger into their home.
Prior to starting his experiment, Salads got the permission of all the children’s parents to go ahead, knock on their doors and try to convince them to let him, the so-called ‘stranger’, into their home. The results are absolutely horrifying.
With very little coaxing and convincing, Salads was able to get into every one of the kids’ homes while their moms’ were busy “showering” in the other room. Luckily for the kids involved, this was just an experiment, but had Salads been an actual stranger looking to do harm, we all know the ending would have been very different.
This is just one of a handful of social experiments Salads has done about children interacting with strangers. In two other eye-opening videos, he shows viewers just how easy it is to abduct a child using a puppy and another, with an ice cream truck. The lack of effort it takes Salads to lure these children, is more than enough to make the hairs on your neck stand up.
So moral of the story: never stop educating your children on ‘stranger danger’, no matter how confident they think they are. It never hurts to have a refresher because when it comes to your child’s safety, you don’t want to leave anything up to chance.