Messages of risk and fear -- "Don't let this happen to you" -- are developmentally inappropriate. Know the red flags, but don't use them in conversations with your teen.
They'll tune out or mock negative messages, and some data suggests that well-intended messages can have unintended negative consequences.
Talk to your teens to find out the truth about their world. Our research shows that victims of teen dating violence are three to four times as likely to be cyberbullied through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media as others.
Assist your teens in making informed choices about privacy settings and with things like de-tagging their names from photos.
Finally, all parents should know about the resources that are available to help people cope. S., text "loveis" to 77054 or call Love is Respect at 1-866-331-9474 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.
According to new research by University of New Hampshire's Sherry Hamby, both aggressors and their victims have more than likely also experienced some form of domestic or sexual victimization. Teach your teens how to behave when dating by being respectful, egalitarian, and loving in your own relationships.
- Effective immediately, HB 121 requires all Texas school districts to adopt a Dating Violence policy which includes (1) a definition of dating violence, (2) sections on safety planning, (3) enforcement of protective orders, (4) school-based alternatives to protective orders, (5) training for teachers and administrators, (6) counseling for affected students, and (7) awareness education for students and parents/guardians.
This document will assist schools and community groups in meeting those requirements.
One-in-three adolescents in the United States is a victim of abuse at the hands of an intimate partner.
Let me repeat that: One-third of teenagers in dating relationships are being abused by their partners. And that’s a lot considering that over 70% of teenagers are dating.
Encourage them to call a "Facebook truce" with their friends and to keep passwords secret.