A friend of mine is a bit worried about security reasons as times have really bad especially for a girl who travels alone. Her daughter travels to college sometimes in rickshaw or cabs with a college friend who lives nearby her area. This friend is a boy and very chivalrous. He ensures that he drops my friends daughter to her home first and then goes home. But my friend worries that something shouldn't go wrong in their daily commute. The horrors we daily face of molestation, rape, robbery and murders are scaring her to the point of putting a lot of restrictions on her daughter. What tips can she give to her kid for helping her remain guarded?

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No doubt the incidents that we hear and read scare us to bits and it really becomes a matter a concern that our kids remain safe when they go out home. But this thought cannot make us bind the movement of our kids and take away the peace of our mind when they are out. I think we should teach our kids to be cautious about their surroundings when moving out. Not to take short cuts through secluded areas to reach early. If late then make call at home, and let parents come over to fetch them. And I think one must enrol kids in basic self defence classes where they learn to use their common sense and how to get out of a problematic situation if stuck. Tell them the emergency numbers to have in their speed dial list. Also, if caught in a problematic situation then always scream so that people gather and come for help.

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I would say one of the first things you need to make sure your kids carry is a pepper spray, but only once they are of an age when they can use it properly (as it can otherwise harm even the person who is using it as a defense). some other tips you should teach your kid are: 1. not to drink with friends or in groups where there are strangers - if at all they do, call up the parents and ask to be driven back home with parents 2. not going for house parties without asking 3. not taking a walk at a deserted stretch, whether it is in the day or after dark 4. learning some or the other form of self defense technique

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the first step is to make the child self-dependent and learn a form of defense sport, such as karate or martial arts. other than that, teach your child basics of safety such as how to avoid being with strangers, keeping certain numbers on speed dial, installing panic alarm on phone, carrying a pepper spray or something that can be used as a defense thing in case of an emergency and so on.

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We always ask our kids to be alert, your friend also should ask your girl to be alert at all times. She should keep her eyes and ears open and be at safe zones. If possible, she should carry a pepper spray with her. Her parents and friends numbers should always be at speed dial. We cannot restrict our daughters from living a normal life and also enjoying their life.

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