Have you ever found yourself in an uncomfortable situation you couldn’t get out of?
At one point or another, everyone has. For teens, who often find themselves in the unpredictable world of drugs, alcohol and sex, these situations can often turn dangerous, and making an excuse to leave can sometimes prove difficult – until now.
One dad has devised an ‘escape route’ should his children ever need it, and it’s called the X-plan.
It’s the brainchild of youth minister and blogger Bert Fulks who works with teenagers in addiction recovery. Fulks says most of these kids fell into addiction not to look cool or even because they were curious, it was down to feeling like they didn’t have a choice. Peer pressure, if you will.
Calling out the cool kids for doing something uncool is a tall order for teens in the age of online bullying, and that’s where the X-Plan comes in. It offers kids a quiet way out – no questions asked.
Fulks’ strategy goes like this: If a kid finds his/herself in an uncomfortable situation, they text ‘X’ to their parents. Because it can be mistaken as a typo, it doesn’t draw attention.
The parent then follows up with a phone call that goes something like this:
“Something’s come up and I have to come get you right now.”
“I’ll tell you when I get there. Be ready to leave in five minutes. I’m on my way.”
And that’s it.
A simple, subtle way out of an otherwise dangerous situation.
For kids in the UK, where ‘X’ is often used to sign off texts as a kiss, it may be smart to use a different letter.