Healthy teen dating
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.Building good habits of diet and exercise is important, and so is having good hygiene.Being healthy also means having a positive mental attitude, and making safe decisions about your body and behaviors.Remind your teen that he or she deserves a violence free relationship and that abuse is NEVER appropriate and NEVER their fault.
Abuse is a choice and there are resources and counselors that can help him or her understand the consequences, the alternatives to violence, and how to stop the abuse.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
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.
We believe that you are in charge of each of your relationships.
In order to stay in charge, teens need to make conscious choices about relationships, understand what they expect from other people, and have open communication with partners about intimate issues.