7 No-Brainer Back-to-School Safety Tips

It’s probably safe to say back-to-school safety rules have changed since you last took an exam.

So, before your favorite student heads back to the classroom, let’s study up on some more modern ways to make sure they’re protected.

STOP THE BULL(Y-ING)

Guess how many kids stay at home from school on any given day because they’re afraid of bullying.

If you said 100,000, you’d be wrong. 1 million and you’d still be way off.

The real answer: 5.4 million!

And that bullying isn’t just shoving or punching anymore. Now, it can be the violent taunt from a keyboard or uploaded digitally for anyone to see.

What’s a caring parent to do?

Kidpower.org suggests acting out various scenarios to help prepare for those saddening situations that will hopefully never happen. Go ahead and try one out.

 

PACK LIGHTLY

It’s only a matter of time before the backpack industry goes belly-up, as wearable tech will be what’s needed to learn.

In the meantime, students will still need to lug around those heavy textbooks. But did you know that backpacks should equal no more than 5-10% of one’s bodyweight?

Anything more can lead to poor balance, muscle strain, neck pain and even bad posture!

So, make it a point to clean out schoolbags regularly so they only carry what’s essential. It’s an easy way to improve health.

But if you only pack a couple of things…

 

CHARGE AHEAD

Meaning to make sure a phone charger or fully-powered battery pack are in tow. Or if you want to make a foolproof purchase, you could consider buying a backpack with a built-in USB charger.

Since a whopping 60% of kids as young as 10 years old have some kind of cellphone, it needs to have a charge in case of emergency.

That might seem like a no-brainer, but you can never be too careful.

Speaking of cellphones…

 

GEOTAG, YOU’RE NOT IT

Everyone—yes, even parents—is guilty of posting an in-the-moment picture of a concert, sunset or fully-loaded burrito.

But when that happens, you’re posting more than an image. You could also be posting your location, sometimes down to the exact longitude and latitude.

If that information got into the hands of the wrong person, well…

The good news is that potential problem can easily be made a non-issue.

So make sure geotagging is turned off across your family’s social apps. You can even do the same for your phones’ settings in general.

And if your child just has to post a spur of the moment pic for whatever reason…

 

LIMIT ACCESS TO APPROVED CONNECTIONS

We won’t deny the thrill of getting a like or share for a post. But when it comes to undergrad or younger students, they need to take extra precautions.

Take just a couple of minutes to reiterate the potential dangers of accepting friend requests from strangers. And while you’re at it, stress the importance of limiting profile views to approved connections.

 

KNOW THE LAY OF THE LAND

If you have an undergrad going to a new campus, the first thing they’ll want to learn is how to get to the bookstore (hopefully).

But the real first thing they should learn about is the Campus Safety Department.

Nerdy? Very.

The fact is, these offices will have fail-safe resources that can be lifesaving.

Some of the services offered by these departments include:

  • Emergency taxi rides
  • Safety escorts
  • Maps of outdoor emergency phones

Seems more than worth looking into, right?

And if you’re a parent, here’s something you should look into…

 

ADD SPECIAL COVERAGE FOR THEIR BELONGINGS

Most on-campus dorms have security cameras, swipe cards or some kind of front-desk check-in system. But there’s still the chance, small as it may be, a break-in or other scenario could arise where your student’s possessions become damaged or stolen.

That’s why Madison Mutual offers personal property protection at places away from your home. Places like dorm rooms! It’s only a few extra dollars for coverage up to $1,000.

Contact your agent or call 800-766-MMIC (6642) and add this coverage to your existing policy.

Here’s to acing this school year safely!