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'Dateline' series to explore child gun safety, feature USF professor

TAMPA — The third installment of NBC Dateline's series "My Kid Would Never Do That" will feature a University of South Florida professor and explore the issue of gun safety when it airs this Sunday at 8 p.m.

The show places children in challenging situations without the guidance of parental supervision, then uses hidden cameras to analyze their decision-making skills.

This segment was filmed in the Tampa Bay area and a video preview shows the parents of two teen boys observing from NBC's "roving watch mobile" as theirs sons, hanging at a local park, discover a gun planted under a picnic table by a Tampa Police Department corporal.

Also in the segment, according to USF, Professor Raymond Miltenberger , who specializes in behavioral sciences, will explain and test two methods for teaching gun safety to children. He has also created a gun injury prevention program utilizing the two methods, behavioral skills training and in-situation training.

Miltenberger is a professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences and the director of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs.

The first two segments in the Dateline series explored "stranger danger" and "party safety and sex." The last one, scheduled for June 28, will tackle cyberbullying.

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