Caledon TikTok star shares lifesaving safety tips for women

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A teenage TikTok star has received millions of likes for her videos sharing safety tips for women.

Spencer Barbosa, 18, of Caledon, Ont., has made quite a name for herself on TikTok, but it’s her advice on personal safety that really needs to be praised – and followed.

“As a young female, the world can be a really scary place,” Barbosa told the Sun recently. “You can never be too safe, and it doesn’t hurt to share my knowledge with the rest of the world.”

“I wish I had been taught these things in school, so I just choose to take it upon myself and teach girls,” she explained.

Barbosa also wanted to “think outside the box and not give generic advice that people have heard millions of times before.”

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Some of her tips from one of her videos include taking stairwells instead of elevators, leaving your car keys by your bed so you can easily press the panic button on your key fob, keeping a mini can of hairspray in your bag, and not sharing your location on social media.

In another video, she advises buying a pair of men’s work boots and keep them by the door, staying off your phone if you’re walking alone, and if someone tries to grab you, bust out your inner demon.

“Pee on them. Bark. Turn into a dog. Literally, be obsessed,” she said.

Barbosa admits she has found herself in scary situations, and describes them as “the most uncomfortable feeling ever.”

So, naturally, she’s taking her own unique advice – inspired by family members and personal experience – and plans to be “the most over-prepared person and completely prevent these situations.”

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With 3.6 million followers and videos liked by nearly 125 million people, Barbosa has clearly made an impact.

The TikTok star, who also has 348,000 followers on Instagram, plans to make a new, updated personal safety video.

“The crowd loves it and it makes me feel like I am impacting people’s lives,” she said. “It’s a win-win for me.”

dwilford@postmedia.com

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