Teen shares ‘life-saving’ tips for women including when not to wear a ponytail

A teen has gone viral, after sharing a number of potentially life-saving tips for keeping women and girls safe, including when never to wear a ponytail.

TikToker Spencer Barbosa, from Canada, shared a number of practical ways females can protect themselves, from how to act on social media, to what to do if you feel like you’re being followed.

“These are personal safety tips that could literally save your life,” the 18-year-old said in a clip shared to TikTok, adding, “you need to know this.”

Spencer started off by explaining that, statistically, more attacks take place in stairwells than they do in lifts, so if you’re ever in doubt over whether to take the lift or the stairs, always opt for the lift.

“Stop keeping your car keys right at the front door when you enter the house, that is not a good idea Instead,” she added.

“It’s a really good idea to keep your car key on your nightstand. If anything happens at night, you can grab your car key, press your panic button and the alarm will go off.”

Spencer’s next tip will no doubt come as a surprise to some people, as so many of us go out wearing our hair in a ponytail everyday, however she says we should never wear our hair in a ponytail while out for a run.

“It is so pathetic for me to say this, but do not wear your hair in a ponytail when you go for a run, it is such an easy thing to grab and pull you onto the floor,” the teen explained.

“Do not overshare on social media. I see so many young girls sharing their locations, telling people they’re home alone, just don’t.”

She went on to say that if you’re ever out and about, and get the feeling that someone is following you, you should turn around so they can see your face.

“A group of rapists interviewed said that the target becomes less attractive to them after they’ve seen their face,” Spencer explained.

And, last but not least, she suggested that women and girls should arm themselves with a mini bottle of hairspray, because it’s legal to carry around and “will hurt like s*** if you spray it in someone’s eyes.”