Gardaí in Donegal have issued a warning to parents not to add their children’s names to school bags as they prepare to go back to school.
Parents have been advised not to use personalised items as children could “automatically think that anyone who knows their name is not a stranger”.
A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána in Donegal said parents should be careful about what is on display when a child is travelling to and from school.
They said: “Schools are reopening and we are all flat out covering books, labelling items and going through checklists!
“When packing a bag for your child’s return to school please ensure that their name is not visible on the outside of the bag or on any attached items. A young child will automatically think that anyone who knows their name is not a stranger.
“There are so many choices out there from PPE cases and accessories, pencilcases, keyrings and stickers personalised with children’s names.
“If you have bought personalised items for a child, please ensure that the items will not be visible when the child is travelling to and from School.
“We wish all School staff and pupils a happy and safe School reopening!”