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Nov 08, 2013

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Detroit Free Press

Jimmy Kimmel has once again run afoul of the PC police.

During the last week, ABC’s late-night host conducted what’s becoming an annual prank: He encourages parents to tell their children that they have eaten all of their Halloween candy and then film the kids’ responses for airing on his TV show and YouTube.

Predictably, many of the fooled children get quite upset.

One girl, still in costume, tells her mother that “you ruined my whole day.” Others throw stomping tantrums. One angry girl throws an envelope at her parents. Another bawling child is hardly mollified when he’s told that it’s just a prank: “Well, that’s not very kind,” the boy says.

Academics and psychologists, of course, are reacting with horror.

“Pranking your own children is not harmless fun, but is cruel and potentially damaging,” said Mark Barnett, a professor and graduate program coordinator at Kansas State University’s department of psychological sciences.

Jane Annunziata, a McLean, Va., psychologist who deals with family issues and is the author of the book, “Sometimes I’m Scared …,” agreed.

“Parents should always serve as role models for their children, role modeling most appropriate behaviors and the most constructive ways to express feelings,” she said.

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