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Five Safety Tips For Spring Break

March 12, 2012

Do you have teens looking forward to their spring break? Will your teen be taking off on a vacation without you as a guardian? Are you a parent worried sick for your child’s safety?

Here is a great article posted by SafetyWebTeam:

Fun. Sun. Relaxation. Spring break is the time of year when many teens take trips. But these fun little vacations can mean extra worries for parents. Along with safety and travel concerns, parents should pay extra attention to their teen’s social networking profiles before, during and after that spring break vacation. Check out our five tips:

  1. Don’t Over Share Details – Posting details of where and when they’ll be at any given time creates the risk of getting unwanted attention from potential predators or strangers. Your teenager may want to share their fun plans with friends and family, but the rest of the world doesn’t need to find out their every step from sites like Facebook Places or Foursquare. Encourage them to adjust their privacy settings so they aren’t revealing too much personal information and locations.
  2. To Post or Not to Post – Have a discussion with your child about what’s appropriate and what they should probably avoid capturing on camera. Remember to tell them that inappropriate photos or videos, once posted online, can damage a reputation forever.
  3. Monitor Social Channels – Pay attention to your child’s pages while they are away. If you see potentially damaging or risque photo or status updates, try to contact them and address the issue right away. Embarrassing or inappropriate postings or photos can cost them a job or affect their college application process.
  4. Carry a Cell Phone – A cell phone on vacation is a must for teens. Make sure he or she carries it at all times and has all emergency numbers loaded and ready to go. If they are travelling internationally, make sure they know beforehand how to dial out. You won’t want them in an emergency situation trying to figure our how to get help.
  5. Encourage Photo Sharing – Have your teen send you photos along the way! They can text or email you a photo so you can follow along with their plans as they go. This helps keep track of their activities and lets you enjoy the fun break with them.

Whether your child is headed to the beach or overseas for community service, it’s important to keep safety top of mind. Common sense travel tips like wearing sunscreen and keeping their passport safe are just the beginning!

Do you have a University student that doesn’t really want your advice anymore? Make sure you ask your daughter/son  the following questions before they dive into their spring break:

Do you know where you are going?

Driving? Plan your route ahead of time. Don’t count on your GPS to work reliably at all times. Carry a map just in case you need to take a detour. Stick to major highways. And you did remember to take in your car for a safety inspection before your road trip, didn’t you! That unexpected major car repair could kill your entire spring break budget.

Flying? Make sure you know how you are getting from the airport to your hotel. Call the hotel ahead of time and ask for advice. Many hotels have free shuttles.

Are you legal? If you are travelling to another country make sure you know what documentation is required to enter and leave that country. You should find out what the legal drinking age is.

JUST SAY NO. In many countries penalties for drug possession are VERY SEVERE.  In addition, most countries consider anyone over sixteen an adult – don’t risk a permanent record. Even the hardiest Spring Breaker will never be prepared for a night in a Mexican jail! 

Are you covered? I am sure you contacted your insurance company to make sure your health and car insurance is adequate while travelling, didn’t you.

Did you remember to pack your prescription medicine? Keep prescription medicines packed in their original bottle. Accidentally spilled pills all over your luggage will be much easier to explain to a Customs Officer. And No, don’t even think to joke about those little white pills!

Experiencing spring break is part of growing up. Hopefully, the above common sense tips will provide you and your travelling teen with some peace of mind!

If you don’t have a security system or don’t have it monitored, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You will be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, (780) 288-2986. For complete peace of mind, stay…SafewithUlli!

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