College Problems Podcast: Helicopter Parents & Date Rape Drugs

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College life is filled with an unending stream of serious issues, lighthearted frustrations, significant events and viral trends. The College Problems Podcast wades into this stream with a regular series of spirited chats attempting to make sense of it all, while also offering story ideas to student journalists and advice for undergrads on staying safe and sane.

I co-host the podcast with Christina Gaudio, a veteran first responder, former rape care community outreach coordinator and an adjunct professor of victimology. As younger educators and digital media geeks, we view the collegiate sphere through the lenses of journalism and personal safety.

In our current podcast segment, we tackle a pair of problems:

1) Helicopter parents who are increasingly hovering over and intruding into college students’ lives.

A recent Washington Post report on “over-parenting” confirms, “The kids who have been raised by parents who watched their every move, checked their grades online hourly, advocated for them endlessly and kept them busy from event to activity to play date are tucked away in college. But that doesn’t mean their parents have let go. They make themselves known to schools, professors, counselors and advisers. And yes, college presidents.”

2) Date rape drugs which are making student partying and bar-hopping evermore dangerous.

As a USA TODAY report notes, the increasing ubiquity of these substances even spurred a quartet of North Carolina State University students to recently develop a nail polish prototype that “doubles as a way to prevent sexual assault.”

Click here to hear more or check out the YouTube clip below.

What college problems should be addressed in future podcast segments?

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