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.
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.