Teaching your child the difference between detergent and washing up liquid, and how to prepare a nutritious meal, are probably top of your priority list. But it’s also important that they understand the importance of staying safe.
Help your child to get in the habit of locking the front and back doors, and all windows, whenever they leave the house – even if they’re only popping out for five minutes. If they’re in shared digs, be sure they know to lock their bedrooms to minimise risk from other tenants. Having lots of new friends round for Freshers’ Week parties might seem like the friendly thing to do, too, but advise your child to be wary of inviting strangers into their personal space until they know them well enough to trust them.
Keeping valuables hidden away from windows, out of sight and appropriately secured is also crucial. Student houses are notorious for being crammed with expensive electronics, such as laptops, smart phones, jewellery and musical instruments, and can be seen as an easy target.