Ever since the iconic college party movie “Animal House” was released, the parents of college students nationwide have wondered and worried about whether or not their children were getting into trouble while wearing a toga. For better or for worse, letting your children go off to college, and trusting that will be smart about the decisions they ultimately make, is a part of life for most families.
At Mijac Alarm, our top priority is making sure you and your family is safe. While we can’t install burglar alarm systems on college campuses around the world, we can encourage our customers to talk to their children about staying safe while they earn their degrees.
Have a set time to speak each week
College is an important time in your child’s life. It is likely the first time in their lives that they will have a sense of independence and responsibility for their own goals. At the same time, it is important to remember that they still need the love and guidance of their parents. While it is important to give your children room to grow and discover themselves, you should have a set time each week when you can talk on the phone. Having a set time gives you the opportunity to stay in touch with your kids while also respecting their schedule and independence. Of course, the weekly call can be more or less often depending on each family, but the key element is a regular and predictable time to speak with one another.
Encourage your child to join organizations, and to go out in groups
During those weekly phone calls, you should also encourage your child to join one or more school organizations. Whether the organization is a fraternity/sorority, academic or hobby club, or sports team is less important than joining something. The friendships your child will make with students who have shared interests will often be stronger than the friendships they might form with dormmates or friends they make in class.
Developing a trusted group of friends also makes your child much safer when he or she goes out for social events. There have been countless studies indicating that students who go out in groups are safer than those who go out alone or with only one or two friends.
Get an inexpensive safe for your child’s valuables
The best place for your child’s valuables is in a safety deposit box. However, this can be an unrealistic option for college students who don’t necessarily have the means or the time to go to the bank every time they need one of their valuables. At the same time, however, it is important to protect jewelry, cash, and anything else that unscrupulous students might be tempted to take. There are a number of effective but inexpensive home safes available that would be perfect for your student’s dorm room or apartment.
While you can’t prevent your child from dressing in a toga, you can make sure that they stay safe while doing it, so they can focus on what truly matters: getting a valuable education.
For more information about safes for your child, or for information about home alarm systems, please call us at (909)982-7612 or visit the main Mijac Alarm website by clicking here.