Penn State Student Safety & Alchohol Awareness

For many students college will be the first real time they will be away from home for an extended period of time. Responsibilities on many levels will begin to shift from parent to student. These can include such decisions as whether or not to go to class if you don't feel well, to the the doctor if you feel sick or how much time you should spend studying for the big exam. While for most students this will seem like an unchained amount of freedom, it is important that they understand the consequences of their decisions.

Alchohol Awareness at Penn State

Alchohol AwarenessOne of the biggest problems on any college campus is alcohol abuse and it is important that your student understand the warning signs of alcohol abuse in themselves and in others. Below you will find some quick tips and helpful links that you should view and discuss with your student. It is a common occurance that underage college students 'experiment' with alcoholic beverages and this is something parents will need to understand. The best thing you can do to combat this is talk about it and let your student know your stance on underage drinking. Make them feel they need to live up to your expectations and follow rules even though you will not always be there. Peer pressure will be aparent, and your student might feel like they are obligated to drink, but you will have the leg up if you take the time to discuss it with your student.

AlchoholLesser known facts about alcoholism:

Visit these websites for help with alcoholism and to view more information regarding its effects

Student Identity Theft

Identity Theft at Penn StateIdentity theft is a problem that is becoming more and more common in the world we live in today. It is estimated that over 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year. This is why we have compiled a few quick tips to you can use protect your student from identity theft while attending Penn State.

Tips on such things as protecting your credit card numbers are helpful, but there are many other ways potential identity theives access your information. Do you know whether or not you are the only one who can see your input while on a Penn State owned computer? How about what someone could do if you told them your password to your Penn State online account even if you think they are your best friend.

Keeping your identity safe while at college

According to the government website on identity theft, it is defined as "when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes."

Tips & ideas on how to protect your identity while participating in common activites at Penn State.

Keep your debit cards safeIt is all to common that you loan your roommate your debit card to go get you some money from the ATM on their way to class. Simply put, this is a terrible idea - don't ever loan your debit card or credit card to anyone or give out your PIN. This could allow them (or anyone they tell) to withdraw your money from one of the hundreds of ATMs on campus and Downtown State College.

Secondly make sure if you are doing personal banking online or viewing information on a computer that you don't want anyone else to see, do it on your own computer at home, at your apartment, or at your dorm. Using a computer anywhere on campus leaves you prone to identity theft because each workstation on campus can be monitored at any time by the staff of Penn State. While you can hopefully trust the PSU staff, nothing is ever certain and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Penn State Access Account Information

Use a secure computerThis information should be kept just as private as credit card info, Social Security Numbers and banking information. If someone that wishes to do harm to your image gets a hold of your Penn State Access Account information, they can log onto your eLion page and change your major, class registration, view your bursar account and countless other sensitive pieces of information.

These introductory tips are very important to talk about with your student before they head off to college. Here are some websites you can view to go into heavier detail about Identity Theft.

We hope these pieces of information are helpful to you in getting your student ready for college. Please share anything else you would like to add in our PSU Moms Messageboard. Registration is free and we would love to hear from you!