Teen and College Student Safety and Self-Defense

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If you think that you’re monitoring your child’s social networking activity and keeping it under control, you are not. Your child knows how to erase a post. They know how to make things look like nothing’s going on.

That’s just one reason why we recommend against allowing any child under the age of 18 to create any type of social media page.

Alternatively, the entire family uses one social media account and everyone has the same login & password.

Don’t allow your child to stand in front of this firing squad of morons and idiots. If you do, that is going to be on your shoulders.


Your child may think nothing of posting something about his plans to join friends tonight at eight at the neighborhood bowling alley. Meanwhile, there’s a certain guy at school who’s just been waiting for a chance to get even with your child for some slight, whether real or imagined. Now that bully knows exactly where your son is going to be at a certain time. So this kid shows up as your son is walking in or out of the bowling alley and beats him up and calls him names and spits in his face, right in front of all his friend.


Was there ever a text that the world was going to end if you did not send it? The world isn’t designed that way. Texting can wait. As a matter of fact, texting takes up so much time that, as a teenager, it can consume you.

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As an eleven-year-old, you are most likely not a candidate to be robbed for your wallet and watch at an ATM. This is not the case for teens and young adults.

As with most demographics they have little to no personal self – defense training. They highly occupied by school, sports and extracurricular activities which makes self – defense training as a low priority. After all, at that age, they are invincible. Weren’t we all?

A major threat for these groups is their chronic preoccupation with immediate technology. All too often personal safety takes a back seat to check social media, text, and emails. This method of communication strips the emotional, human element out, so the child is left to assign his or her own emotions to the words.

The teen demographic will make decisions based on “group” acceptance instead of what’s really the best course of action for them. This can lead them falling into someone else web of influence.

The teen and student demographic especially believe they will be kept safe by technology/apps or the police. This leads to letting down our guard and leaning on a false sense of security for safety


What does a teenager need with a cell phone?
I’ve heard the argument that they need a cell phone in case of an emergency at school. My response to that is, the school has been around a lot longer than cell phones, and somehow we all made it 
out alive.

Also keep in mind that if there is an emergency, your child is probably not going to be the first one to call, if at all. A teacher or administrator will call 911 if there is a problem.

If you want your child to have a cell phone for personal use, realize that you are potentially putting your child in harm’s way.

Today’s smartphones give the user access to all the social media, posting pictures and videos online, and everything else on the Internet. Allowing your child to roam freely in that cyber world is just another instance of letting them swim in shark-infested waters.

What Students Learn

The first line of defense that we teach is smart decision making. Temptations abound for a teenage free from parental supervision. 

Here are some of the topics that will be covered.

  • Active Shooter Response
  • Rape Prevention
  • Sexual Assault
  • Threat Reduction
  • Smart Decision Making
  • Avoiding Danger on Campus
  • Anti-Abduction Training
  • Stalking and Hazing
  • How to Stop a Bully
  • Self-Protection While Socializing

Workshop Structure

Our Teen and College Student Workshop is a four-hour active program. Students will learn everything from active shooter response to anti-abduction techniques.

Parents are encouraged to participate with their kids and enjoy a truly eye-opening, jaw-dropping experience for everyone in the class.

Participants will be active learning skills, techniques, tactics, and strategies in exciting scenario-based training exercises.

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    “COBRA is hands down the best police academy for civilians that you will ever find! The 10 week academy, instructors and training is second to none. I have been training for over 9 years and I can’t imagine my life without COBRA.” Amy Rench

    Clearwater Beach, FL

    “My daughter and I attended the one-day active shooter and teen safety course. It was time well spent, full of useful techniques and strategies to stay safe. We were both interested in continuing our training. I strongly recommend this for anyone, especially those with kids going off to college.” Carmen Rossi-Merlino

    Fees and Travel

    $3,000 + lodging

    All rates include travel to and from your US based location. Lodging is not included. A 3-star hotel is the minimum rating for overnight stays.

    Ask about spreading pricing across multiple campuses of nearby schools. i.e., two nearby schools on the same day.

    10% backyard discount for Florida seminars with no lodging cost.

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    Find out more about our Self Defense Programs.

    (800) 707-3280
    (727) 644-3384
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