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Would your child ever willingly go off with a stranger? Your answer is probably, "My kid would never do that." That's what most of us would say but most of us would probably be wrong, at least according to a riveting new Dateline investigation on stranger danger, reported by Natalie Morales, news anchor for Today and correspondent for Dateline.
Like most of us, Natalie said she's talked to her older son, who's eight, about stranger danger since he was a toddler. But as he's gotten older and more confident, she wondered if he was becoming too trusting. So she agreed to have him take part in a special hidden camera investigation, part of Dateline's popular series of episodes, "My Kid Would Never."
When Natalie invited her son and his friends to her work, they thought they were helping make cards for the troops overseas. But then an actor came by in an ice cream truck, and the rest is, well, an emotional rollercoaster for mom.
Watch here as Natalie reveals what it was like watching her son enticed by a stranger in the hidden camera test.
Did Natalie's son get on that ice cream truck or did he get away? Sorry, we can't reveal that answer. You'll need to watch the episode this Sunday, 7pm EST/6pm CST on NBC.
It really is must-see TV, and as Natalie told us, a show you should consider watching with your kids to arm them with the tools they need to stay safe. We too often say "my kid would never" and instead should use whatever teachable moments we come across to talk with our kids about the disarming tactics strangers, who are up to no good, can use.
Watch this clip for yourself as a father sees his kids do the unthinkable.
Bravo Natalie and her "Mommy Squad," a team of mom producers at Dateline, for bringing us this in-depth look at an issue that has kept me up on many a night and probably you too.
And you can join Natalie, the "Mommy Squad" producers, child safety expert Michele Borba and a police officer who teaches stranger safety in classrooms for a Google+ hangout Monday, April 16 at 2pm EST/1pm CST on Google+ and on DatelineNBC.com.
Kelly J. Wallace is Chief Correspondent at iVillage and a huge fan of Natalie's! You can follow Kelly on Twitter here (@kellywallacetv).