Does parent pride endanger child safety?

We’ve all seen them. Those cute little stick family or cartoon family car decals.
Some are funny
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Some are magical
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Some are descriptive
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Some are cute
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Some are just weird
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Today I saw not one, not two but three cars with decals on the back window that weren’t fun, magical, descriptive, cute or weird.  They were all concerning.  They were revealing.  Not like the ones above which indicate the family make up, numbers, approximate ages to a good guesser, but more revealing.

Each one of these great humblebrags revealed too much information. Each message had a name of a child and a sport. Cheerleading, soccer and baseball.

Proud parents, no doubt.

I am no safety expert but I listen to a bunch of them and sharing their messages of family and internet safety  is a pretty good thing to do.

These cute little window decals are just another way you could be potentially putting your family at risk.  Trust me, I hate to think we live in a world that we have to be so cautious of our safety but the reality is, we do. I used to be a bit lax about the safety of my kids and family. Maybe being Canadian and with the oblivious thought that those things just don’t happen gave me a false sense of security over time.  Reality is we do live in that kind of world.

So let me paint the scene. You have a sick person who is looking to hurt someone. He see’s your car and that you are a proud soccer parent to Ashley. He thinks, Ashley must be a really good soccer player since her parents have it to show the world. Oh and Ashley plays for the Bullets and her number is 3.  With the internet you can find out team location, practices, etc. Follow the car to the soccer field watch Ashley get out and the stalking begins.

It’s terrifying to think that this could happen…but it DOES happen.

This is not about fear mongering, this is just about being protective. Not, “let’s keep you in a bubble protective”, but protected as best as we can using simple common sense and practicality.

The stickers are cute and they are all about pride. Pride for your child, proud of their accomplishments, proud of their sport, raising funds for the team, but sometimes, less is more.

Crazy is all around us and you never know how fast things can escalate.  Don’t give crazy any more ammunition that they need.

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Follow up….
Just came across this on FB, looks like some police departments agree with me!
http://7online.com/59676/

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8 comments

  1. The reality is your child is far, far, far more likely to die in a car crash on the way to soccer than by being kidnapped and that kids today are far more safe than they were in the 60s and 70s when no one would have thought twice about publishing kids names and photos in the paper.

    1. True about the odds of crashing.
      Wrong about the pictures. Both my husband and I have pictures form the newspapers in the 70s showing names and pictures in sports.
      Thanks for your comment.

  2. I that these cute window stickers can be a hazard for your families safety. Living around a military installation I see a lot of “(rank) (name) proud wife”. I don’t even like hanging wreaths on my door with our families name anymore! Good post!

  3. Before you incite mass hysteria, I’d love to see some statistics on actual stalkings that began with stickers on the back window. If the supposed person you mentioned is really that unstable, couldn’t this person just…look in the car window to gauge the approximate ages of your children? This is like those warnings that a “Baby on Board” sticker might encourage would-be kidnappers, as if the giant car seat wasn’t already a tip-off.

    1. Thanks Chaille for the reading and leaving your comment. I’m flattered that you think my post would create mass hysteria, but a few hundred eyes a day won’t cause that problem.
      On that note though, you should probably advise the police to stop trying to create mass hysteria as well with their warnings about the same thing.
      To answer your last part, sure baby on board, car seats and toys could indicate ages…but what about pre-teens and teens? What about a bad person seeing a young girl driving that car with no one else around?
      This isn’t about creating paranoia…it’s about creating awareness and giving people all the options and information available.
      Have a great weekend.

      1. Actually, warning people about “dangers” that don’t actually exist is the exact definition of creating paranoia. And even in the article you linked from the police, there is absolutely no reference to an actual crime that was committed using this information. I’m just wondering if there’s really a need to be warning people about every single “What if?!” scenario, no matter how unlikely that scenario is to occur.

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