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Video of People's Reactions to Children Alone in Public

Why It's Awful That Only 21 People Approached These Children Over an 8-Hour Span

Social experiment: would you walk past?

Australian social experiment: would you walk past? More than 43,000 children need care and protection, show them Australia cares!Visit #canifoster

Posted by Key Assets Australia on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Most parents can easily call up that instantaneous panicky feeling that comes over them when they think they've lost their child in a busy place, even if it's only for one second. And most people in general, whether parents or not, would think it was a little weird to see a child alone in public.

So why, in this Australian social experiment in which two small, scared-looking children are standing by themselves in a busy shopping center, did only 21 people stop to find out what was wrong in an eight-hour span? To an adult watching, the instinct to approach a young child who is clearly alone — as these kids were — seems like it should be natural and urgent, but this particular video proves otherwise, as hundreds of people walk by these kids without so much as turning a head in their direction.

Watch the video — which was made to raise awareness of the more than 43,000 children in Australia who need foster families — to see clips of the experiment, and ask yourself, "What would I do in this situation?"

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