Dateline NBC to Kids — Smile! Your Parents Set You Up in Our Cheating Investigation | TMZ.com
Dateline NBC pulled a fast one in a hidden camera investigation last night — but instead of targeting pedophiles, they took down middle schoolers cheating on a phys ed. test … and the kids’ parents were in on the sting.
Here’s the premise: the kids were told they have to complete an obstacle course to audition for an “ultimate challenge” TV show. Unknown to the kids, Dateline is secretly recording the test … and they’ve planted an actress who encourages the kids to cheat by inflating their scores. Also, their parents are sitting in a nearby room watching the whole thing go down.
The first time through the course the kids try to stop the actress from lying … and insist on posting their real results. However, the second time, some of them give in and agree to fudge the numbers.
Natalie Morales then walks out — playing the Chris Hansen role — and tells the kids they’ve been set up to see if they cheat. The shocked looks on their faces are priceless … especially when they hear their parents were in on it.
Dateline said the report was intended to show how peer pressure affects kids. But here’s the thing — shame on NBC and the parents for setting up the kids on national tv to teach ’em the lesson.
What happened to talking to your kids at home?