Handy Hacks That Your Teenager Can Use For Self Defense In Your Absence

Guest Post by Nigel William

Ever wondered what would happen to your kid in the event that they are attacked and you are not there to defend them? Ever wondered what would happen should you be away on a trip, but your house is under attack by intruders, and your teenagers have to protect themselves?

Security is a question even outside the house. It is the reason we are always told to take care of our stuff even in broad daylight, especially when in crowded places. So come to think of it, such things teens consider fun (we all went through this stuff) like camping, going for movies, beach parties, and so much more, and which they will not always enjoy in your presence, all have risks, just like the ones associated to the house.

Does that mean then, that your kid can’t enjoy the adventures of teen-hood? Let them have fun, if anything, these are the things that prepare them for adulthood responsibilities. For one day, they will have to come out of your house, and do it all by themselves in their our houses. It is then that you will get credit for the safety and security things you taught. Now is the right time!

Emergency numbers to dial

Does your teenager know the numbers to dial in case of an emergency? Do they also know the ambulance numbers? These are usually taken for granted until the situations call for them. Be a step ahead and make your teenager knows the people to call when required.

You could even enlist a close relative they can dial should there be need and you are not able to respond, or it’s you who is actually in danger.

Practicing self defense techniques

Being physically able to defend  yourself can be a great advantage. However, without training this can be difficult to do especially if you are not the strong and sporty type.

This is where self defense training can be of great help.

Self defense training can take you through all of the defensive techniques that are appropriate for each type of situation, such as defending against an attacker with a knife.

Consider enrolling them in self-defense courses, which are offered by some local organizations. No harm lies in looking around and getting them attached to one of them.

In the self-defense programs, they are likely to be taught physical and emotional defense strategies applicable in their day to day activities. For example, they will learn to tell when a touch becomes inappropriate calling for their withdrawal, when drinking is about to go overboard such that they should halt and go home amongst other things.

Pepper Spray or taser

Some good non-lethal items that can be effective against an attacker are pepper spray or a taser.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages, for instance pepper spray can also be used against large wild animals like black or grizzly bears.

However, your teenager need to have them on hand for it to be used. If you have a teen daughter you may want to invest in a small pepper spray that they can keep in their purse. However, for boys it can be difficult to get  them to carry it except perhaps when on a camping trip in bear country.

Lean to use a gun safely

Having your teenager reach for a gun to defend themselves is not the first choice. There is no need for them to shoot a school bully if a simple stern ‘get back’ or other self  defense technique will do.

But let’s face it there not all attackers are so easily deterred and there is a chance that your teen will get access to a firearm somehow. Even if you have yours securely locked in a safe their friend’s parents may not. So if they do get hold of a gun, it is best that they know how to use it properly so they they don’t end up shooting themselves or you if you happen to come home early and are making ‘intruder noises’ as you unpack the car.

The key lies in teaching your kids to be responsible with guns. At teenage, they are capable of understanding the dangers of using or keeping or carrying their guns carelessly.

Let them know of the risks that call for the use of a gun, and most importantly when not to use one.

The first most important thing is to correctly identify your target and what is or likely to be in the background (in case you miss) even if you can’t see it, like even if it is behind a wall or something like that.

Shooting at something that is accidentally miss-identified as a target is a cause of many tragedies, not just in home self defense but also in hunting situations. Many a careless hunter has shot their friend thinking they was a game. When you are a careless trigger happy hunter even a person behind some scrub can seems like a deer.  

Once you have positively identified your target remember is not always best shoot to kill, sometimes it is shoot to render the intruder incapacitated as they wait to be whisked away by the police, probably a knee or arm shot. At times it is shoot to disarm the intruder or scare them away. There is nothing like a warning shot to remind an attacker with a knife that they brought a knife to a gunfight.

Owning a gun comes with such responsibility, you should monitor your teenager to evaluate whether they are ready, and probably have a lengthy discussion regarding this with them so that the two of you move forward together.

The next major thing with this is teaching them gun safety or enrolling them on shooting safety and use lessons so that they know how to aim, shoot and be safe doing so.

Using ordinary household equipment extraordinarily

What of the ordinary things we have in our houses that can do extraordinary things when our lives are under danger.

Well, if you closely look around your house, what else can you spot that you can explore its use for security purposes? The reason being, there are so much waiting to be explored, the potentials are yet to be tapped- explore!

Humans are not the only threat, especially when in the wild

Camping, hiking and the great outdoors are great for kids of all ages. However, there are also dangers to look out for.

  • Snakes,
  • Wolves,
  • Bears,
  • Coyotes,
  • Scorpions,
  • Alligators, and
  • Mountain Lions

The chance of a fatal encounter may be low but if it occurs the consequences can be dire so it does not hurt to be prepared. Encounters with wild animals can be more or less common depending on where you are going. If your teen is going camping, check the danger for that area and help them prepare accordingly.

As mentioned above pepper spray can be effective against wild animals even the larger ones like bears. If you don’t have pepper spray and what you have on hand like an axe or hatchet can be used weapon in an emergency situation where something is better than nothing.

Defensive driving

It may not be what you were thinking about with self defense but car accidents are a leading cause of death almost everywhere in the world. Making sure that your teen does not need to drive a car unsupervised (until they are sufficiently skilled and licensed to do so) when you are not around and that when they are sufficiently skilled and licensed that they drive responsibly. No drinking alcohol and driving, no distracting antics by fellow passengers or speeding.

A defensive driving course with the scary statistics and stories of how things can go wrong as well as some advanced driving techniques including practicing for when the unexpected happens can often have the desired effect of a safer teen driver.


About the Author
Nigel William is a blogger at Toolazine who writes about a range of topics such as camping, hiking, survival, DIY, tools, gardening and cars.

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