Technology and dating abuse
When you are ready to engage your child, approach the conversation from a place of concern and empathy.
This presentation was part of Embody's Safe Healthy Strong 2015 conference on sexuality education (org/safehealthystrong).
If you suspect that your child may be in an abusive relationship, look out for the following warning signs: Remember, dating violence happens in opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and both boys and girls can become victims.
Before approaching your child about potential abuse in his or her relationship, consider reaching out for support or guidance.
This might include depression, anxiety and a greater likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors (e.g. Like all kinds of relationship violence, there are some instances where the aggression is mutual—both partners can participate in negative behaviors.
EDV is an emerging area of concern in part because technology today allows for greater secrecy in the encounters.
They worry about having time with their partner limited.
This suggests that young people are willing to endure harassment and victimization, sometimes of a very serious nature, to avoid being disconnected from their peers and social lives.
Online spaces are used infrequently for meeting romantic partners, but play a major role in how teens flirt, woo and communicate with potential and current flames. 10 through March 16, 2015; 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.
It can be scary and frustrating to know, or even think, that your child is in an abusive relationship.
But as a parent, your support and guidance are especially important in helping your child understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
One out of every three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
That means that everyone knows someone who has or will be abused in some way.