March 5, 2004
Safety issues to discuss with your child
(HealthDayNews) -- For some college students, spring break is the highlight of the year. But it's also when many preventable accidents occur.
The American Medical Association suggests you discuss these safety issues with your child:
- Talk about the dangers of rape, drunken driving, and bar fights related to excessive alcohol consumption.
- Share travel tips, such as always having money for taxis or public transportation, carrying medical insurance, and using condoms.
- Ask your child to leave you with the names and numbers of the hotel he will be staying in, as well as his cell phone number and those of his friends.
- Give your child a pre-paid calling card and establish regular check-in times.
- Teach your child the signs of alcohol poisoning.
- Warn him about the dangers of drinking and dehydration.