As a parent of a teenage girl, you no doubt are chilled to the core when you hear nightmarish stories about other teenagers getting molested, raped or attacked. Such stories are unfortunately all too common, even in suburban and rural areas where violent crime rates are traditionally lower. Teenage girls have womanly bodies, yet they often lack the street smarts and physical strength necessary to ward off attackers.
You certainly want to take every precaution possible to avoid your daughter becoming an unfortunate statistic. So what can you do to help keep your daughter safe? Consider these points:
Education Is Key: Your daughter is growing up, and you simply cannot be there to watch over her every minute of the day. She needs to be educated about dangerous situations to avoid so that she can keep herself out of trouble. Consider talking to your daughter about different situations to avoid, such as drinking too much at a party, leaving a drink unattended at a restaurant or party getting into a car with someone she does not know, not letting others know where she is going and so forth. Not only should you teach her these things, but you should make sure that these practices are followed regularly so they become a habit for her.
The Buddy System: While crimes sometimes do happen to multiple people at the same time, they are much less likely to happen when girls travel in pairs or larger groups. Unless your daughter is on a date with a male who you know and trust, make sure she is with at least one female companion and they stay together.
On the Road: Traveling from Point A to Point B shouldn’t be too dangerous, but things do happen on the road. Make sure your daughter has a cell phone that is charged and turned on any time she leaves the house. Make sure you know where she is going, who she is going with and when she will be home. Equip her car with emergency equipment, and make sure she knows how to change a tire if she gets a flat. If possible, invest in AAA or another roadside service plan. Also, talk to her about the dangers of pulling over on the side of the road on dark roads for a police office or after a fender bender. It is best to drive to the next public area, such as a gas station for such situations, provided a vehicle is still able to be driven after an accident.
When In Doubt: Remind your daughter repeatedly that it is better to be safe than sorry. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution. Chances are that if she feels scared or nervous, she probably has good reason to feel that way. She should always trust her instincts in any situation, and her safety should always be the primary concern above all else.
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