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British social services condemn documentary about unsupervised children

A documentary series on Channel 4 is drawing fire from social service officials, who describe the production and airing of the series as 'abusive' and are calling for the program to be banned. Entitled Boys and Girls Alone, the series is a kind of social experiment in which 20 British children are supplied with food and toys and then left to fend for themselves without any adult supervision for a period of about 17 days while cameras record their activities. This Telegraph article explores the issue.
February 12, 2009

A documentary series on Channel 4 is drawing fire from social service officials, who describe the production and airing of the series as ‘abusive’ and are calling for the program to be banned. Entitled Boys and Girls Alone, the series is a kind of social experiment in which 20 British children are supplied with food and toys and then left to fend for themselves without any adult supervision for a period of about 17 days while cameras record their activities. This Telegraph article explores the issue.

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