How Khloe Kardashian is 'putting True in danger' with innocent back-to-school mistake, expert reveals | The Sun
KHLOE Kardashian has come under fire for an innocent back-to-school mistake, which people believe could put daughter True in danger.
The four-year-old starts school this Fall and fans slammed a post about her school bag as "so much danger in a picture" on Reddit.
Khloe was accused of breaking "kidnapper rule 101" by concerned fans, for giving True backpacks with her name plastered on them, by brand Stoney Clover.
Parenting expert Kirsty Ketley has her say on the risk – and what parents can do instead if they want to personalize accessories…
Khloe has come under fire for sharing a photo of daughter True’s new backpacks for school on her Instagram.
Sounds harmless enough, right? Khloe’s intentions are very well meaning – she is thanking the company who gifted them to her and like many parents has all the feels for her daughter’s first day at school.
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But some fans have quite rightly pointed out that she may inadvertently be putting True in danger, and here’s why.
It is every parent’s priority to ensure that their child is safe from harm, especially when they are not with them.
But did you know, placing your child’s name on items, like Khloe has, in full view can actually help aid ‘stranger danger’?
If a potential abductor happened to see your kid’s name, they could use this as a way of making them think that they are friendly and can be trusted.
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It can be hard for kids to distinguish strangers from acquaintances – the good people from the bad.
So when someone uses their name, they may believe that they know them, or that their parents do and that this makes it OK to talk with this adult.
The best way to avoid this happening, is to be discreet in labelling your kids things – so putting names on the inside of the bag or on labels that cannot be removed.
If lost, the item can still be returned, but their name isn’t obviously on view.
Of course, you want your child to be able to recognize their belongings too, so using keyrings or stickers that help your child know which bag, lunch bag or pencil case is theirs’ is a better idea.
It is important to acknowledge though, that while it is frightening to think of your child being abducted, the risks are small.
According to Safealast, strangers abduct less than 1% of the 2,300 children in the US, who are reported missing each day.
That said, there is still a risk and one that is not worth taking.
With that in mind, before school starts, being aware of the potential risks, beyond labelling your kids bags safely, is important.
Your child’s greatest risks come from those that they know or who are acquainted with the family in some way, so ensuring that they know how to stay safe, even with people they recognize is vital.
A safe word can be useful to have, that the child can remember and only people who are authorized to pick them up will know.
Communicating with your child about how to stay safe is a must and this is where a safety plan is useful. This could include:
- Teaching your child where they can go for help when walking a familiar route, such as school
- Reminding them to stay in a group when travelling
- Reminding them about the risks of accepting rides or changing plans without your permission
- Helping them understand the tricks that abductors like to use, such as offering money or candy or asking for help
- Encourage them to tell a ‘safe’ adult whenever anything or anyone makes them uncomfortable.
The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children has some helpful information too.
It is also worth pointing out that not all strangers are dangerous and that our kids need to feel comfortable in asking for help, if they need it.
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Kirsty Ketley, 41, from Surrey, UK, is a parenting consultant at Auntie K's Childcare and mom to Ella, nine, and Leo, five.
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