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I'm a dad of two college graduates. Both my daughter and son were hours away by car during their higher educations. I would always joke with a friend of mine, when we were discussing our children's respective college experiences, that we probably were glad that we didn't know everything our kids were up to while they were on campus. The main reason for our “ignorance is bliss" attitudes was our own memories of our college days, which may or may not have been like scenes from Animal House.

One aspect that we took very seriously, though, was their safety on campus. We discussed our impressions of the neighborhoods that surrounded our collegians' schools and kept an eye on campus happenings, both good and bad, from reports in the schools' student newspapers.

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