It’s that time of year again. The ads are everywhere and everyone on Facebook is posting pictures of their children clad with backpacks headed back to school. As a former teacher, now stay-at-home mom, I remember this time of year with fond memories mixed with thankfulness that I’m past that phase of life.
There is a current trend now that is of concern to me when it comes to back-to-school gear. It’s popular all over the place. Embroidery. You can order everything with your child’s name or initials embroidered on it. Backpacks, shirts, shoes, bedding, you name it. It looks really cute and seems quite practical. Your child’s gear won’t be confused with one of the other 20-30 students in their class. But many parents don’t stop to think about the safety aspect of this trend.
If your children ever walk to school, play outside unattended, or will be on a field trip with their embroidered item, PLEASE LEAVE THEIR NAME OFF!
It may seem harmless. But especially for the younger set (4-7 year olds), it can be hard for them to distinguish between those who know them and those who don’t. If an adult calls out their name, a young child often assumes that the person is safe and knows them. If your child’s name is plastered across their shirt or backpack, any adult could call out your child’s name.
There have been far too many stories in the news lately of children being abducted and news of child predators seems to be everywhere. I still think children should be allowed to play outside, walk to school, and live relatively care-free. But please, don’t put them at added risk simply for a fashion trend. If you are worried about them identifying their items, put their name on the inside on the tag or on the portion of the backpack that will be against their back when they have it on.