It is a sad fact of life that kids go missing everyday. Some are found the same day, just a kid that’s wandered off. However some do end tragically. I can’t imagine how I would deal with that as a mother or a teacher. But did you know that the personalised bag and/or lunch boxes you’re buying your children could be putting them at risk? I often see children at school with the latest brands of bags or even stationery but lately I’ve noticed an increase of children walking around with their names on their rucksacks, P.E bags or lunch boxes. I mean, sure, there are some cute designs out there but are they worth the risk?
So, why is this a problem I hear you ask? Well, it’s simply down to what we teach the children at school. Stranger Danger. We teach them what to do when they are approached by a stranger but what happens when that stranger knows their name because it is emblazoned on their bags? If a stranger can call a child by their name, it will likely confuse the child into thinking that they must know them somehow. For all they know it could be a friend of a parent or grandparent and they’ve just forgotten who they are. The child becomes unsure and doubts themselves. They don’t want to seem rude or upset their parents. Before you know it, they have been abducted. Everything we teach them at school becomes undone.
This poses a huge problem, especially with the younger children who may not even make the connection between their bag and the stranger. So, I ask you, nay, I beg you, do not send your children to school, or anywhere public for that matter, with their name on their bags. It is so very dangerous. Think twice before you buy that bag/lunch box etc. for the child in your life and help to keep them safe.
Thanks for listening,