Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thoughts on Family Security

How many of these type yard signs are in your neighborhood?  Sometimes with the child's name emblazoned across it?
How many of these bumper stickers do you see every day?  Do you have one on your vehicle?
How about the cute family stickers for your vehicle? Do they have names like this one? Do you have the name and team number of your child stuck to the back of your car too?

We all want to honor our family and especially encourage the kids in their endeavors but I have felt for a long time that these ways are not the best or safest ways to do it.  Many parents monitor their kid's Facebook pages, twitter accounts and so on, yet they will cover the back of their vehicles with stickers letting all the world know that not only do they have children, but their names and probable ages as well what school they attend.  They will post signs with the child's name, school name and team number in their yard for anyone driving by to see.  

Sadly it is not just the family and friends that see this information.  Predators go looking for this stuff.  Put these stickers and signs together with how easy it is to look up someone's full name, address, phone number, age and even income level (thanks to the internet) and all this could be a potential open invitation to having the child kidnapped and maybe even harmed. 

There are too many bad people out there these days.  Don't believe me?  Go to your county law enforcement website and look for how many sex offenders live in your neighborhood, you might be surprised.  I live on a street with 80 houses, at one time we had 4 offenders living here, now we are down to one.  And there are easily 35 kids that live on this street.

Just something you might want to think about.

1 comment:

HermitJim said...

I think a lot of folks do the signs and bumper stickers without thinking!

Unfortunately, in this day and age we should always be on guard!

You have a great day!

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