Stop dating violence

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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.

Additionally, during the 12 months before the survey, 1 in 10 teens reported they had been kissed, touched, or physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to at least once by someone they were dating.

Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.

If you notice controlling behavior, sudden mood changes or threats of violence from your significant other, get help immediately.

Did you know that in a recent national survey, 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the 12 months before the survey?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.Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life.Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.The overwhelmingly majority of teens witness dating aggression or sexual violence among their peers, but many choose not to intervene — sometimes because they want to avoid drama, sometimes because they want to fuel drama, and sometimes because they’re afraid of second-guessing a more popular kid.

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