Michael A. Yorio, President SSI Guardian
Many incidents occur while on the way to and from work and school, and being prepared with knowledge of how to handle these situations is key to safety. Students walking or driving home from school should be aware of the dangers involved. Check out these three safety tips for students walking or driving home this back to school season.
What to Do If You Think You’re Being Followed
If you see a vehicle behind you that has been making all the same turns and is starting to give you the creeps, keep calm. Start by taking a turn that you don’t normally take, and if the car turns with you, take another turn away from your destination. If the car continues to follow, make a stop at a well-populated place somewhere nearby (a coffee shop, mall, grocery store), and go inside. Stay in this place for a while, and call a friend or family member to join you. Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you fear for your safety.
Phones Use While Walking Home
Smartphone devices and music players are a distraction when walking home alone, during which time you should be aware of your surroundings. Looking down at a screen or listening to music with headphones in keeps you from noticing what’s going on around you. If possible, walk with a group at night. When it’s not an option, make sure to keep the phone in hand for emergency purposes. Checking in during the walk and once you arrive at home is sound practice as well as walking quickly and staying in well-lit areas.
If You See Something Say Something
In summary, children and adults alike must not hesitate to report suspicious behavior and activity. Be it directed at them or another person, reporting may save a life and prevent an incident from taking place. Sadly, inappropriate relations between teachers and students seemingly is happening more and more.