Health & Safety

How do you know if your son or daughter is safe?

One of the most important things parents can do is to have an honest conversation with their son or daughter about how to handle potentially dangerous situations.

While this conversation may be uncomfortable, it is the first thing you can do to keep your child safe while away at school.

Start by acknowledging the reality of the dangers on campus. Yes, there will be students that drink way too much, experiment with drugs, and even become victims of sexual assault.

But, that doesn’t mean that your son or daughter will have these experiences. And if it does, the more they have a plan, the better they’ll react when in danger.

We’ve partnered with Umergency, the emergency app for college families, to share helpful Campus Safety Tips that you can share with your son or daughter to help keep them safe.

With 4.5 million ER visits every year for college-age students, most families will deal with an emergency, health or safety issue during their university years. Don’t wait to get that phone call in the middle of the night. Be prepared for anything with the Umergency App.

Discuss Campus Safety Basics

  • Do not go out alone to parties, or even walk home alone after a late study session. Instead, make sure you always have a buddy. If they do have to walk alone, make sure they Stay Aware Walking Alone at Night.
  • Students should create a buddy system by sharing their schedule with parents, roommates and close friends.
  • Don’t walk and text. This may sound silly, but one of the simplest ways to stay safe is to simply pay attention to your surroundings. If your head’s down staring at your phone, you won’t notice suspicious behavior.     

Don't walk and text

Make a Communication Plan

The next discussion should be around communication. What’s the best way for them to check-in and let you know they’re safe? If not checking-in with you, what about a roommate, friend, or another relative? And what if they’re not safe? Help them formulate a plan of who to contact.

  • What’s the safest way to get to class?
  • If they feel unsafe or threatened while on campus, where can they go to a public area to feel safer?
  • During an emergency, what friends, family members, or organizations can they call day or night? 
  • Students and parents should download the Umergency App so that they can access Local Emergency Resources, a Digital Medical Consent Form, Urgent Alert Beacon w/ GPS Location, their Insurance Card, and Securely Linked Accounts to Share Vital Data. Available on on Google Play or iTunes.

These Campus Safety Tips are brought to you by Umergency, the emergency app for college families. Umergency puts the power of information in the palm of your hand. Helping you navigate through any situation. Connecting you and your student with the most important local contacts. Pull up a map of nearby resources and keep your student’s insurance information and digital medical consent form securely stored right where you want it. It’s always ready to go… on their phone and yours! Download the Umergency App today on Google Play or iTunes

Umergency App

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To learn more about campus crime, visit the Clery Center for Security On Campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies.

Note: Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
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