15 Aug 10 Safety Tips For Your College Student
1. Lock Your Doors
You may feel your dorm is a safe place because you are surrounded by friends but that does not mean you or your valuables are ever completely safe. If the communal bathroom is down the hall, lock your door as you come and go so there are no surprises waiting for you when you get back. Always lock your door when you are sleeping and talk to your roommate about doing the same. If someone wants to steal from you or intrude on your privacy, an unlocked door makes it that much easier.
2. Call Campus Security
Most campuses have patrol cars driving around campus. If you are at a party and your friends have left, do not be shy about calling campus security for a secure ride back to your dorm even if its just a five minute walk.
3. Learn The Campus
Some schools are in urban neighborhoods with high crime. Other schools are in more rural areas with secluded areas that are not well-lit. Learn the campus and where not to go so you do not get lost or end up somewhere you should not be.
4. Stay Sober
Bad things can happen to anyone at any time. But, those who are under the influence of drugs an alcohol are vulnerable to would-be thieves, sexual predators, and the antics of drunk friends. Do everything in your power to not be the victim.
5. Have A Plan
Its always good to let someone know your plans so that if you do not come home when expected, someone can call for help. If you have a close friend or sibling, put the find your friends app on both your phones so you can track each other should you need to.
6. Avoid Being Distracted
Everyone is so busy texting, they do not realize they are not paying attention to what is going on around them. When you are looking down at your phone, you may not notice the people around you, a car coming at you, or even a tree right in front of you. The text can wait. Your safety is more important.
7. Stop The Sexy Selfies
When you post those sexy selfies, you could be compromising your security. Save those pictures for someone you really like so you do not get creeps you do not like bothering you or thinking you want something you do not.
8. Be Cautious With Your Trust
Its easy to feel “safe” amongst your friends. But, you really do not know your fellow students, their past, or what they are into. Do not trust people simply because you go to school with them. Like with any new relationship, those around you must earn your trust.
9. Be Social Media Savvy
Its common for students to post where they are and where they are going on social media. However, this information is all a stalker needs to show up everywhere you are or will be. If you want to post your whereabouts, do it after you have left so you do not tell your location to people who should not have it.
10. Protect Your Privacy
If you want to be intimate with someone, choose the privacy of your room over theirs. In your room, there is no hidden cameras or classmates peeping in to see what is going on. You also have more control in your room because you know who is around and who would hear you should you get into a bad situation.