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    Default Back to school warning.

    It is that time of year again.
    Just a quick back to school safety tip.

    Please don't write your kids name on the outside front of their school bag. Their name should easy to find but not seen when the bag us worn. Eg on the back. Inside the bag or on the underneath the straps.

    If someone knows a kids name they are more like to trust them.

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    Good warning.

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    My 2 yr old was given a t shirt at Christmas with his name written across the back. Warning signals flashed in my head as soon as I saw it. It's a pj shirt now.

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    How many stranger abductions of children are there? I couldn't find a simple answer anywhere, so did some digging into the stats.

    In Australia, there were 603 abductions in total in 2010. That includes all forms of abduction, and all ages from newborn to adult. Stats from the US (cited by the Australian Govt.) suggest that < 1% of child abductions are by strangers (the rest are by family members, often surrounding custody disputes).

    If you assume that half of the abductions were children, that's 301. < 1% of that suggests that perhaps one or two children a year are abducted by strangers in Australia?

    Those numbers are so small I wouldn't even worry about them.

    But as I say, I couldn't find the actual stats, so this is a wild approximation.

    Anyone here have better data?

    (Related note: Childrens Injuries is a great read to give you an idea of what's worth worrying about, statistically speaking, and what isn't).
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    And what if this warning prevented those one or two abductions?

    Priceless

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    Same as hats. So many people do big stand out writing on their childrens hats so that they won't get lost so it's the same as school bags then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooglekat View Post
    And what if this warning prevented those one or two abductions?
    Well, that'd be good. But realistically, I think we're talking numbers that are so small that it makes no sense to worry about it. I'm not suggesting that you don't take sensible precautions, just that I wouldn't lose sleep about the odds of my children being abducted by strangers.

    A 'thinking trap' to watch out for when considering safety statistics is well illustrated here:

    conditional_risk.jpg

    In other words, just because the risk is remote, doesn't mean you shouldn't mitigate it. Quite possibly, those one or two abductions were people who thought "meh, it basically never happens, no need to take any precautions."

    But don't lose sleep over it either

    Would be nice to know the actual numbers, mind you.
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    I know of several attempted abductions in the past 12 months around schools by strangers so those figures have got to be way out.

    school jumpers go missing quite a bit at our school and some people have talked about getting names embroidered on the front. I looked into this and was advised at getting surname only put on, if at all.

    Great warning

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesperatelySeekingSleep View Post
    I know of several attempted abductions in the past 12 months around schools by strangers so those figures have got to be way out.
    They're only counting abductions, not attempted abductions, in the statistics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duncan_bayne View Post
    How many stranger abductions of children are there? I couldn't find a simple answer anywhere, so did some digging into the stats.

    In Australia, there were 603 abductions in total in 2010. That includes all forms of abduction, and all ages from newborn to adult. Stats from the US (cited by the Australian Govt.) suggest that < 1% of child abductions are by strangers (the rest are by family members, often surrounding custody disputes).

    If you assume that half of the abductions were children, that's 301. < 1% of that suggests that perhaps one or two children a year are abducted by strangers in Australia?

    Those numbers are so small I wouldn't even worry about them.

    But as I say, I couldn't find the actual stats, so this is a wild approximation.

    Anyone here have better data?

    (Related note: Childrens Injuries is a great read to give you an idea of what's worth worrying about, statistically speaking, and what isn't).
    It not just about abductions. I seen where older kids have seen the name and told the kid that mummy said to do xyz and they have got hurt or lost etc.. They do it because they knew their name so must have talked to my mummy or they wouldnt know my name. Let face it some kids are cruel like that.

    As not working about abdication that your choice. They do happen. If I can save one kid from being abducted or hurt from a silly prank. I am happy.


 

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