Tips to Keep Your College Student Safe
It’s that time of year again – countless parents are heading to college campuses to help kids settle in after a Denver moving company drops off their stuff. It’s a time of joy and pride, while at the same time, extreme worry. Your child has grown up and moved on to the next chapter of their lives, one where you won’t be there to assure their safety. Tears will likely be shed, a mix of happiness and sadness.
If you want these tears to be more of the happy sort, there are some safety tips you can review with your child before you even contact Denver moving companies to get a quote to move their stuff.
Here is a rundown so your child is prepared, and you can have more peace of mind.
1. Lock it up. Of course this goes for more than just the dormitory door, but it should be mentioned just in case. Some students might become so comfortable with their dorm-mates, they become less likely to lock their doors when in the room. Teach them they should get in the habit of locking their doors whether they are in the room or not, all the time. Better they go through the inconvenience of opening up the door for a friend than become the unfortunate victim of a burglary-gone-wrong.
2. Don’t grant unauthorized access. Do not open your door unless you know who’s knocking, and the same goes for letting someone in the building that you don’t know.
3. The buddy system. This is more than just a way for elementary students to stay safe during field trips! College students, particularly women, should always travel in groups – there is safety in numbers.
4. Don’t flaunt expensive possessions. The same goes for large amounts of money and expensive belongings. Remember that you don’t really know everyone in a dorm. Just knowing you have $4,000 in your room can be just enough to tempt a would-be thief who can easily wait for you to leave. When the residential moving company hired is at work, try to keep the expensive items as concealed as possible.
5. Watch how much you drink. Teaching your kids to drink in moderation can prevent blackouts, and this can, in turn, prevent any unwanted aggression.
6. Map it. Scour the campus map in order to determine where the location of places like emergency phones and police substations are.
7. Call for help. What if your buddy is out on a date, or home visiting their parents? Some universities have an escort program, where you can call to have someone physically escort you where you need to go. If this option isn’t available, call a friend to be that escort.
8. Check the back seat. Before you go anywhere, check the backseat first. You never know when there may be an unwelcome passenger back there!
9. Follow your instincts. Teach your children to listen to their inner voice – if a situation just doesn’t feel right for any reason, tell them to get out fast! Instincts are often correct.
10. Avoid the social media check-in. While it is harmless for the most part, it can prove unfortunate when someone with bad intentions wants to track your every move.
You can send your child to school with the confidence that they’ll be able to take care of themselves if you review this safety list with them. While it can be difficult, it is a natural part of growing up, no matter how unpleasant it may be. It’s hard to let go. At the same time, it can be hard for a student, too. While you’ve looked after them all of their life, this is the first time they’re in charge of their own safety and well-being on a consistent basis. They’ll feel more confident armed with this information, too!
Of course, take the hassle out of getting their stuff there with the best Fort Collins movers, Exodus Moving and Storage. We’ll make sure their stuff gets there safely. The rest is up to you!