➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway NJ:
US: How Robots Could Help Police Interview Kids Involved In Child Abuse Cases
Romper – March 23, 2017
Children can be very susceptible to suggestion and often struggle to understand that they aren’t in trouble themselves, according to resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Because of this, they may be reluctant to talk to an adult (who they don’t know) and share intimate details about any abuse they’ve experienced (which, often times, they’ve been explicitly instructed not to discuss). For investigators, getting information that is usable in court is essential to taking a child abuse case to trial. Getting misinformation, or coerced responses, isn’t just dangerous for the child, but could also lead to a false conviction of an innocent party, according to New Scientist. The researchers thought that using robots would address both the issues of neutrality (because they lack any emotional involvement in the case) and may also be less threatening to children.