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Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe While Away At College

We all dread the day we have to send our kids away to college. Although we all look forward to it, when the day comes, we wish we could turn back the hands of time. It seems like our kids become adults overnight then it is time for them to go away to college. There is nothing we can do to stop them from growing up, but we can do everything we possible to help keep them safe while they are away.

For many of us, we have fears when it comes to our kids going away to college. Some of these fears include their safety or them turning to drugs and alcohol. Children are a lot smarter than we sometimes give them credit for. You can encourage your kids to read college safety books so they will become more aware of things such as date rate, just to name a few. As far as drugs, when you teach your child from the beginning to just say no and never feel pressured by their peers, you'll be surprised at how you can actually have a bigger impact on your them than their peers will. If you didn't have these kinds of talks with your kids while they were growing up, it is not too late now. Just simply sit your children down, look them in the eye, and have a heart to heart talk with them. Let them know how much you care, and how proud you are. If you remind them that you have faith in them and that you know they are going to do well, that may really help keep them on track. They may feel that not only do they not want to let themselves down, they don't want to let you down either.

Another great tip for trying to help keep your kids focused on their studies and doing their absolute best is to ask about other things besides how they are doing in school. Of course you want to know how they're grades are coming along, but remember, the mind works in mysterious ways. What I mean by that is if you're children think you are only interested in their grades and not their well-being, they may tend to rebel by ignoring their grades. So, keep in mind that their well-being, social life, and other aspects of this new experience should all be discussed. It will make a world of difference.

Keeping our kids safe is the top priority of any good parent. When children are away at college, it is a sense of freedom and independence. They tend to do more risky things because they are not as fearful of being caught and grounded by their parents. We all want our children to ignore negative temptations that may get them into trouble. Your child very well may, but that may not be the case when it comes to some of their friends. Your child may be out with some friends who do something wrong and everyone gets in trouble, including your child.

A prime example of this is a story that was told to me just recently. There was a young man who went away to college in another state. He was a pretty good kid who never got into any trouble at home. His first semester in school, he was going to an off campus party one night with some friends. His roommate's friend had borrowed someone's car to get the guys to this party. For some reason, the young guys were pulled over and the car was searched by police officers. One of the officers found a gun under the car seat and the young men were in trouble. They told the policemen that the car was borrowed and they had no idea that there was a gun anywhere in the car. The one young man who never got into any trouble at home happened to be covered under his parents' legal insurance plan. This insurance gives him the right to contact an attorney 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When he showed his insurance card to the officers, they allowed him to call his attorney. His attorney spoke to the policemen and he was the only one who was not detained that night.

Can you imagine if your son or daughter got into a situation like this? Can you imagine your child getting into trouble for something he or she did not do? We all want to believe our children are always innocent, but in some cases they really are. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Having legal insurance will protect them no matter where they are in the country and give them immediate access to attorneys at any time. This is another one of the many ways to protect your children against some of the many obstacles they may face while away at college.

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