In the summer just before she was to leave for college I decided to teach my daughter how to use a self-defense keychain. Thinking of her being by herself and vulnerable got my spouse and me extremely worried about her safety while she was miles away.
The Heart Attack keychain that I got her is a lot more than just a keychain which is shaped into a heart. The cute-looking thing as fitting as it is for her age is truly a personal defense device that she could use when someone assaults her.
Her disguised weapon is made from hard plastic. All that she needs to do is hold it in between her fingers and strike the living daylights out of her enemy.
The news which we hear about abduction and harassment instances wherein girl students are usually the victims have been the main reasons for our concern. Were not there to protect our child or keep her out of harms way.
Her mom advised her to continually be alert and never to speak to strangers. But at her age I am aware that it is quite impossible not to mingle and meet new people. I think she got the point though since she continued nodding her head.
That got me a bit worried also as she might be saying yes just to shut us up. Just before she left however she told us with sincerity in her voice that she fully understood our fear and will constantly put our advices to her mind and heart.
It pleases me to learn that my teenager is level headed. I am happy with the way we have raised her and prouder still that she knows exactly how to take care of herself. As we went her to the dorm I reminded her regarding what a self-defense professional could do even with simple house keys when confronted with a dangerous person.
Of course rather than making use of just keys to protect herself she should take out her Heart Attack keychain instead and deal that strong blow. Once her inconspicuous defense tool knocks her assailant down she should then run to safety and call 911.