YouTube sensation Joey Salads is best known across the internet for his wildly popular prankster videos and social experiments. His most popular video is one that could actually save your child’s life, and every parent, grandparent, child and caretaker desperately needs to see it today.
It’s all about stranger danger, and shows just how vulnerable our kids really are.
According to the FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a child becomes missing or abducted every 40 seconds in the United States.
Every 40 seconds.
We all know there’s no such thing as a parenting hand manual, but if I were to think of just one thing that every parent automatically knows to teach their kid, it would be not to talk to strangers.
Like seriously you guys, I sound like a broken record talking to my kids about stranger danger. I’m fairly confident at this point that they know not to follow a trail of candy into a car full of puppies, much less, talk to someone they don’t know at all.
That’s how every parent in Salads’ viral social experiment felt as well when the vlogger met them at a local park and asked how they thought their child would respond to him interacting with them.
Of the three moms featured in Salads’ video, all three said they tell their child not to talk to strangers on a daily basis.
And all three children, who are no strangers to stranger danger, very excitedly engaged in conversation with Salads, and even left the playground with him and his dog.
The social experiment is an eye-opener, and one that all parents need to see in order to better communicate what our kids already know: Don’t talk to strangers.
Telling our kids about stranger danger simply isn’t working. Because as we see in this video, not all strangers with ill-intent, show up to the playground with nasty teeth, a white van and a bag full of candy.
Salads’ video helps to SHOW our kids the very real threats of stranger danger, and give them real-life examples of how it could play out.