When your child first starts school, it can be really tempting to go all out and get them that special backpack that says their name. Even drinks bottles and personalized lunch boxes might seem like a great idea. No one can accidentally go home with your kid’s stuff if it’s got their moniker on it, right? But, despite our good intentions, we could actually be inadvertently putting our kids at risk, according to The Sun.
The British newspaper points out that website Anxious Toddlers recommend ditching personalized items altogether. Why? It’s all about stranger danger. If someone comes up to your child with ill intentions, then knowing their name can be a powerful tool. If they catch sight it of it on their possessions, it may be easier for them to lull your child into a false sense of security. If a child has never seen this person before, but the person knows their name, they may be more inclined to believe that they’re a “friend of the family” and so forth.
As much as we would like to think our children are smart enough to not go with anyone they don’t know, in reality, it’s trickier. It’s better to prepare for the worst than never mention it at all. In those types of situations, it’s unlikely that the child will remember straight away that their name is on the bag, especially if they wear it every day.
Consider personalizing your child’s kit in different ways that don’t involve giving out precious personal information to potential predators. There are plenty of things that can be done – who knows; you might finally get to use that glue gun you’ve had since middle-school. Not only will it eliminate the threat, but it’ll also save you some precious dollars, too. Bespoke named items usually cost a pretty penny, so at least you won’t have that cost to worry about next semester. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the most difference.