Having the College Safety Talk

Safe Bee - College is a time of amazing adventure, learning and freedom. But your son or daughter will also face a brand new set of potential dangers, and that almost-adult of yours will need to know how to prepare for them.

Alan Reifman, PhD, professor of human development and family studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, says when it comes to women and sexual assault, having a buddy around can significantly reduce the possibility of attacks. He encourages parents to work in conversations the wisdom of always having a buddy with you or nearby when you go out. "If a woman is going to 'hook up,' he says, "it is much better to make sure a friend is next door or even in the same apartment."

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