Guest Post by Laura Burkhart, MD
“Safety doesn’t happen by accident”
When talking with your teen about making the transition to college, we often focus on the positive, as it is definitely an amazing life changing event. You want your teen to successfully adapt in making more responsible choices, while remaining safe and protected inside the walls of a college campus. However, there is a very important topic that often gets missed in that crucial time before they start classes. That is the subject of campus crimes and security. I am not writing this to send you running to lock your teen in their room, ensuring their safety by never letting them out and feeding them through the door! This post is meant to open the dialogue between you and your teen about personal safety.
College campuses were once thought of as “Ivory Towers”, protected from the dangerous individuals and violent acts of the rest of the world. It is the hope that every student has an affirmative college experience, but we know from numerous stories and statistics that is not always the case. So how can you find out about the safety of the college campuses your teen is looking at? Its actually easier then you think, but that was not always the case. It is important to respect the history and personal tragedy that allows us to access this information so readily today. Read full post »