My only daughter is studying abroad in Italy, but what about all those Italian MEN?
My daughter, Dresden, has gone to college 800 miles away for the past two years, and now she’s convinced me and her mother to let her study abroad in Italy for her junior year. How could I say, “No?” She’s a good kid, gets good grades, stays out of trouble and of course, she has me wrapped around her little finger.
The subject of studying abroad came up almost a year ago, and we all agreed it was a good idea but now, summer is over and she’s packing, and it suddenly hit me, “Italy? What was I thinking? It’s filled with Italian. . . MEN!” It’s not that I don’t trust Italian men in particular, it’s just Dresden is my only daughter and, men are men. I panicked. Just the thought of anything happening to her made me weak in the knees. She was very excited about the trip and it was obviously too late to talk her out of it.
Even though violent crime in Italy is very low (I looked it up), single girls in any foreign culture are often easy targets for petty crime or the cat calls from balconies and street corners from local males of “Ciao, Bella!”
I know my daughter well enough to know that she is careful, fairly street smart, and hopefully she doesn’t engage in risky behavior (that I know about anyway), but I wanted to make sure she could handle herself if she needed to get out of a bad situation.
On my search for violent crime rates in Italy, I also looked for ways to protect my daughter while she was abroad. I knew she would refuse to take a knife with her, and she would certainly say no to a gun, but I did need to find ways for her to protect herself, just in case, God forbid, something might happen. I continued to look for non-lethal alternatives to knives and guns and I ran across a great website Elephant Safety International, and found every safety prevention gadget to make a dad feel better. Everything on the Elephant Safety International was right out of spy novels just like the ones sitting on my night stand. I’m not suggesting I get her a 4.5 million volt stun gun to carry in her purse, or a knuckle blaster with a 950,000 volt stun gun built into the face of it, but I did find a lot of useful things that would protect her and certainly make me feel better.
In Elephant Safety International’s catalog, I found the perfect travel kit for my daughter to take with her to Italy called The SafeFamilyLife™ Extreme College Survival Kit that promised to “Make a Young Woman’s Life Safer at College.” I didn’t even look at the cost; I just hit the ORDER BUTTON. Although it was affordable at $129, it was ‘cheap at twice the price.’ And, most of the items were available separately on the site if I didn’t want to get the entire kit.
When the kit arrived and I had loaded all the batteries and made sure that everything worked to my satisfaction, her mother and I created a little good-bye ceremony dinner for her and I broached the subject of her safety while she was studying abroad.
Although my daughter assured me she could handle herself in any situation that could arise, (“Dad, after all, I am 20.”) she appreciated the gifts and realized their value and our concern for her safety. I told her that I had checked with the airlines and found out that the pepper sprays could be taken with her on the plane if they were placed in her checked baggage.
We looked over each item and she promised that she would watch the instruction video and read the reports that were included in the kit:
- College And Campus Safety Tips
- College Rape Report
- How To Secure Your Dorm or Apartment
- Safe Dating.
She handed us back the report included in the kit on “Tools Parents Can Use To Prepare Their Kid For College,” and made us promise to read it. The kid gets her sense of humor from her dad.
We receive regular emails and talk to our daughter when she can find the time to fit us into her busy life in Italy. To date, she hasn’t had the need to use the Pepper Spray, the Whistle, or the Nap Alarm, but she reports that she’s glad she has them, and that she does use the Motion Alert Alarm, Diversion Safe and the Door Stop Alarm and she really loves her LED Cell Phone Flash-Lite.
Her mother and I are surviving her studying abroad in Italy and one of the reasons is because of the The SafeFamilyLife™ Extreme College Survival Kit. We recommend it for any student’s safety and their parent’s peace of mind.
To learn more about personal security products to keep your children safe when they travel abroad please visit Elephant Safety International