It’s also important to address family violence in the home.
Children exposed to IPV and child maltreatment are more likely to themselves become involved in IPV throughout adolescence and adulthood as both victims and perpetrators.
Due to the nature of this issue, the discussion and content will be geared towards high school students.
Everyday, teens and their families struggle with the repercussions of dating violence: lowered achievement, effects of trauma, and continued cycles of violence.
While it's hard to think that your children could become victims or perpetrators of dating violence or that it could be prevalent in your own community, one of the best ways to protect children is to increase awareness that dating violence is present in adolescence.
The key to teen dating violence prevention is to intervene early – even as early as the elementary school years – as well as to increase awareness among parents and school personnel.
Assist your teens in making informed choices about privacy settings and with things like de-tagging their names from photos.
Encourage them to call a "Facebook truce" with their friends and to keep passwords secret.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
Prompt them to change passwords regularly, and willingly play the heavy later ("My parents made me change my password"). Teens often feel invincible and eager to explore the adult world.
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.
Our data shows that even teens from high-income, suburban, rural families get exposed to surprising amounts of violence and disorder, like drug deals and gang activity, especially if they're in middle and high school.
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.