A lot of my friends are sending their kid’s off to college for the first time. This may be the first time they have really been on their own, and some in a new town without friends or family close. It is imperative for them to practice safe behaviors and to be aware of their surroundings and potentially dangerous situations.
Brittany Moore-Schneider, the founder of Women’s Mentor Network, has shared the following tips with us regarding campus and personal safety.
While this article is geared toward safety for women, the same tips are applicable to our gentlemen students as well.
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College Safety for Women (and Men):
As we approach another school year, please take some time to read and empower yourself and your children!
-Aware and cautious roommates will be your greatest defense! Have a safety discussion right away and ensure all roommates are closing and locking doors and windows at all times.
-College kids are a huge predatory target, as they are often considered careless or think they may be invincible. Be aware that anyone can be a target and always keep an eye on your surroundings.
-Dorm/apartment alarms: older dorms and apartments can easily be broken into. Use an under the door and/or window alarms as a back-up and deterrent to potential intruders (both can be found at www.sisterinselfdefense.com)
-Carry self-defense items (stun gun, pepper spray, striking tool, alarm). Anything that will help give you a chance to fight back and get away (find these at www.sisterinselfdefense.com)
-When alone, avoid isolated stairways, basements, or laundry rooms.
-Make sure you know who is trying to enter before letting anyone in.
-Trust your instincts! If you feel uncomfortable or uneasy in any situation, get away from it as quickly as possible.
-Walk with confidence and make eye contact.
-If ever attacked, get down on the ground, kick scream and make a scene. Noisy victims who fight back are not ideal to an attacker and will likely deter them.
Be safe and let’s keep an eye out for one another!