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Personalization Compromises Children's Safety

Moms Say Personalizing Children's Items Compromises Safety

If a kid likes it, put their name on it! Many moms slap a label on the inside of their child's school sweater or jacket so it doesn't get lost. But does personalizing everything from the kid's lunch box to his baseball cap and sneakers, potentially put the tot in harm's way? Sixty-six percent of our moms thought personalizing belongings could help a predator lure a youngster. Here is what the women had to say:

  • "It's not really an opinion issue, it's been proven to be a danger. A child gets a sense of security when someone knows them by name. For the same reason, it's strongly recommended that a woman not do things like have a personalized license plate with her name on it. We always put the kids' name on the inside of bags and clothing for identification if it's lost. I wouldn't even consider having it put on the outside of anything. — Anonymous
  • "If you want to monogram the backpack or lunchbox, use their initials. Also, come up with a secret word that your child can remember and if someone claims that they have come to pick up your child, they must know the secret word. This is something my mom did with me, especially for when I went on field trips." — Anonymous
  • "Yeah this isn't really an opinion thing. It is dangerous! Initials are safer. " — Amber512
  • " Unfortunately it's not safe. I got some super cute barrettes with my girls names on them when they were about 2, 4 and 5. I only used them when the environment was controlled: no strangers. It's sad, but there are people who will take advantage of your child. I don't allow the schools my children attend to use pictures of them on web sites or n brochures. To me it's as if you ate saying, "look where THIS child is Monday thru Friday!!!". Not a good idea." — lickey split
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lilashleyxox lilashleyxox 7 years
i agree with both of the above posters. The comments in the article are extreme and seriously paranoid.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
Honestly? This is really paranoid. I think all of the stranger-danger paranoia needs to stop. What kind of message does this send kids? "Don't trust anyone?" "Everyone is out to make you a victim?" It's sad. Sure there are some awful people out there, but no more than there are good ones, and what's more, creepers aren't lurking around every corner just dying for a taste of your kids.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I wouldn't worry about personalized items too much, mostly because most child abusers are from the child's immediate circle of family or acquaintances and would therefore know the name (and much more) anyway.
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