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Tips for keeping your college kid safe

September 16, 2015

It's back-to-school time and that means a lot of parents are facing an empty nest. Sending your son or daughter off to college for the first time can be a stressful experience. You want to encourage them to be independent and self-sufficient, but it's hard not to worry about their safety.

There are always risks involved with going to a new place, and unfortunately, college students may face increased danger. The risk of sexual assault is higher for this age group than any other, and robbery and aggravated assault are also reported on college and university campuses throughout the country.

Send your kid to school with good safety knowledge.

That said, a few simple precautions can go a long way, and sometimes all it takes is some sound advice from Mom and Dad. Here are some of the safety tips schools recommend for your college-age kid:

Use your phone, but be alert

Tell your child to take a fully charged cellphone with her wherever she goes, and remind her that it's important to stay alert. If she's too distracted from talking or texting, she might not notice if she's being followed. It's crucial to always be aware of your surroundings. Advise your child to become familiar with her route to class, know where police call boxes are and stick to well-trafficked streets whenever possible.

Tell your child to take a fully charged cellphone with her wherever she goes, and remind her that it's important to stay alert. If she's too distracted from talking or texting, she might not notice if she's being followed. It's crucial to always be aware of your surroundings. Advise your child to become familiar with her route to class, know where police call boxes are and stick to well-trafficked streets whenever possible.

Use the buddy system

It might sound like something from kindergarten, but adults need a buddy too. Your child should always tell roommates or friends where he is and when they can expect him to be back. You should also advise him to avoid walking alone at night. If he can't walk with friends or classmates, campus security officers will escort students that need to cross through dangerous or isolated areas.

Take care of your car

Kids often rely on their parents to take care of things, so they might experience a sharp learning curve as they live on their own for the first time. It's not uncommon for young drivers to forget things like getting the oil changed or getting the car inspected for maintenance. Though it might seem like a nag, a gentle reminder will ultimately pay off. Also remind your child that good grades can pay off:  Many companies offer student discounts on auto insurance.

Watch your belongings

College is expensive and not just because of tuition. Students have a lot of pricey technology, from laptops to cameras to the latest smartphone. Remind your child that carrying around expensive belongings in an obvious way—like showing off a new phone to a friend or carrying a laptop under his arm—could make him a target for robbery. It's also good advice not to leave any personal belongings unattended.

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