Relationships can play a major role in our lives, especially during the teen years. Sometimes we associate with people who may not have our best interests in mind.
While it may seem easier to let your teen shake you loose, hang on. Right now, your teen is forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships.Given that 1 in 5 high schoolers experience dating violence, you’ll want to be sure you do your part to help your child understand what a healthy relationship feels and looks like.Boys who have faced dating violence are nearly four times as likely to have been bullied online; girls are more than twice as likely.Boys and girls who have been victims of dating violence are more likely to get into fights, carry a weapon, use alcohol, use marijuana or cocaine and have sex with multiple partners the study says.If your teen isn’t ready to openly communicate with you about his or her relationship, let him or her know there are confidential resources and trained individuals available to answer questions and help avoid unhealthy relationships.
Pass on the information below, but let your teen know you are SAN FRANCISCO (April 27, 2016) – Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) announced today that it received its first Webby Award for That’s Not Cool, a website aimed at preventing teen dating violence and digital abuse.Teens may not be able to confide in friends, either, because abusers sometimes isolate their victims from loved ones.Teens are sometimes more willing to talk to doctors, especially if their parents are not in the room.Remind your teen that he or she deserves a violence free relationship and that abuse is NEVER appropriate and NEVER their fault.If you think your son or daughter may be controlling, abusive, or violent with his or her partner, tell your child that abuse and violence are NOT acceptable and that violence will not solve problems.She praised a high school for holding an assembly about dating violence; it featured a woman who told her story."This study makes it even more important for parents to ask lots of questions and get to know their teen's friends and significant others, and not ignore anything that makes them uncomfortable," says Mc Carthy, a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital.