10 Personal Safety Tips for College Students

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10 Personal Safety Tips for College Students

The NIAAA statistics about college students and alcohol are scary, particularly for parents sending their child off to the first year at college. For many young people, this is the first time they’ve been solely responsible for their safety and security. And alcohol is not the only danger out there. Did you know that 80% of college crimes are committed by students against other students?

If you’re helping your son or daughter pack-up for college, tuck these tips into their suitcase to help them stay safe on campus:

  • Most campuses have a “panic phone” system. Know where these are.
  • Have a safety buddy, someone you can call for a ride or for help, and create a code word or phrase that means “Come help me out of this” or “I’m in trouble.”
  • Before going to a party, tell a friend where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Let them know if your plans change.
  • Take turns being a designated driver or sober companion. You could save someone’s life.
  • If a party gets out of hand, leave!
  • Never, ever leave your drink alone or with someone you don’t know. Date rape drugs are easy to use. And men are just as vulnerable as women.
  • Don’t take drinks or anything else from strangers, even food.
  • Don’t ride with drunk or drugged drivers.
  • Don’t offer rides to people you don’t know.
  • Trust your instincts!

And here’s what parents can do:

  • Ask the college administrators about campus alcohol policies.
  • Talk to your kids about the legal penalties for underage drinking.
  • Discuss the possible consequences of drinking, including date rape, violence and school interference.
  • Know your child’s roommate and living arrangements.
  • Call your son or daughter frequently.
  • http://mbainterviewsquestions.com/ Ria Zabrocki

    Yeah, this may be enlightening and don’t see posted often. This is good information.

  • Randy R

    All colleges and universities are required by law to keep and post crime statistics for their campuses, including drug and alcohol violations. This is part of the Clery Act. You can ask for the information from Campus Security, and many have the information on their website. As a parent, you should check out this information.

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