Fall semester is winding down and while most college students live a life full of independence and excitement, there are many dangers on college campuses. Once students acclimate to campus life, many of them become comfortable with their surroundings and gain a sense of safety. Being so comfortable with campus life can blind students to the dangers on college campuses.
It is important to talk to your children about campus safety. They are off on their own and responsible for their own personal safety. Here are a few tips to share with your children:
Know your campus– Know all the routes around campus and walk with confidence and with your head up. Don’t text or talk on the cell phone while walking on campus. Don’t listen to your ipod. This sends a clear signal that you are not paying attention to your surroundings, thus an easy target.
Plan ahead– Make plans with friends and never walk alone. Always try and let someone know where you are.
Arm yourself– Carry an LED flashlight. According to Richard Robinson, 7th degree black belt in Jujitsu and professional self defense instructor in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, an LED flashlight is an incredibly useful and convenient tool to disorient an attacker by shining it in their eyes, and it’s just plain handy to have at your disposal for waling in dark areas on college campuses. Also think about carrying mace or pepper spray.
Do not use the ATM at night- Plan ahead during the day for what amount of cash you will need.
Watch your drink– Be careful of date rape drugs. Do not accept drinks from people you do not know and do not leave your drink alone and exposed.
Internet Safety– Be careful when posting or communicating with people online or via social networking sites.
Call home- Call home every now and then and check in with mom and dad!