Going off to college can and usually is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time for kids. Throw in the anxiety parents have when their young one leaves the nest and it can turn into a family affair of worry.
With that in mind, how can your student gravitate towards a safer college experience?
From being safe on and off campus to making sure one is happy, there are ways your kid can be safer when in college.
So, what have you taught your kid about being safe when they leave home for a new adventure in their life?
Knowing the Red Flags to Look for
Whenever your child is preparing to go off to college for the first time, sit them down and have a chat.
Among the keys you want to go over for a safer college experience for them:
1. Knowing about people they come in contact with – Your kid will come in contact with many people at college. As such, it is important for them to have as much details on people as possible that are more than a blip on the radar. One way to go about this is by going online and working with a free background check tool. Such a tool allows your kid or you for that matter to learn more about an individual. For example, wouldn’t you and your teen want to know if someone they came in contact with had a criminal past? What if they will be their roommate? Don’t you think you and your child should know about any red flags with one they will be sharing time and space with? Given the answer more times than not will be yes, a background check is worth your while and that of your child. While some can put on a phony front and deceive people, a background check can provide you with facts you need now.
2. Knowing the places they will hang out at – You can’t expect your child to be in their dorm or apartment 24/7. That said there will be many times when they are not in class and want to go hang out somewhere. Your son or daughter should get the lay of the land before doing this. They should know what areas in and around campus are quite safe and those not as safe. Your child may well never experience a crime in college. That said being safe and using commonsense should always be top priorities.
3. Knowing the roads – Last, if your kid will be commuting back-and-forth to campus, are you driving? If not all that often, make sure they understand the rules of the road. While your teen may have had their driver’s license now for a year or more, they still are young behind the wheel. As a result, you want them to be as safe as possible. Since many kids do go home on weekends or even commute to school daily, safety on the roadways is imperative.
When your child is getting ready to head off to college for their first time, school them on being safe.