Should stick figure family decals be banned?
Has society become far too paranoid or is your family really in danger?

Currently there is an interview doing the rounds claiming that those sweet and silly stick figure family decals on the back of many cars are dangerous. 

The article claims that by adding a stick figure decal of your family to the back window of your family car, you're giving predators information that could put your family at risk. The image used (below) shows a family consisting of a dad dressed as a soldier, a son that plays football and a small dog.

Sticker figure family
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While this may give a some insight into your family, the article states that these small hints could let a potential predator know that dad is away at war and little Billy plays football. Coupled with the small guard dog and you're a prime target for being burgled, abducted or worse. 

Paranoid or safe?

Unfortunately we live in a society that is faced with constantly trying to keep our families, and especially our children, safe from harm. But while this may be for our family's own good, it does lead to mass paranoia that sees the danger in every situation - even something as harmless as a sticker on the back of a car window. 

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While I'm not denying that adding stickers to your car stating the names of your family, the school your kids attend and the complex you live in is not dangerous, there are very few families who actually go this far. In reality, could a generic stick figure family decal really be used to harm your family? 

I'm torn between wanting to lock my family away at home and letting them run free. I'm torn between wanting to remove all stick figure family decals from every car and wanting to let the silly fun continue. Finding the balance between safety and paranoia is extremely tricky.

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How do YOU feel? Do you indulge a little freedom even when society says it's wrong or do you prefer to err on the side of caution?

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