Technology and dating abuse
Social media apps will suggest people for users to befriend based on connections that they have in common.While the thought of a teen meeting up with someone they have met online sounds risky, many teens also use social media and the internet to research the person extensively as well.Surveillance Summaries: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2013 (pdf, 172 pages). “Prevalence of Partner Violence in Same-Sex Romantic and Sexual Relationships in a National Sample of Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescent Health 35 (August 2004): 124-131.85% of teens in a relationship expect to hear from their partner daily, 11% expect communication hourly.Social media has impacted privacy for all of its users, adults and teens alike.
Instead of assuming they are engaging in an unhealthy behavior (let’s say, texting with their girlfriend all day) ask them how they feel about having that much contact, and what they are getting out of it.Dating Violence / E-News / Parent Tips / Parent-Teen Communication / Parenting / Setting Boundaries / Sexual Assault / Teen Apps / Teen Peer Groups / Teen self-esteem / Teen Sexting / Teens and Technology can often seem mysterious in this digital age. The Pew Research Institute conducted research on this very topic and published its findings in 2015.It’s not always easy for a parent to ascertain the nature of their child’s relationships or to keep track of the ups and downs that take place during these romantic relationships. The hope is that the findings will help parents have a better understanding of the role that technology plays in their teen’s dating life and how they can be supportive even if they lack personal experience with these new norms.One third of teens in a relationship report that they have had a partner check up on them, and their whereabouts, (who they are with, what they’re doing) many times a day.Many of the borderline “controlling” behaviors that may occur during the relationship are equally as likely to occur after the relationship is over. As much as teens use their phones to start and maintain relationships, they still largely believe that ending a relationship is best done in person, as reaking up with someone using text messaging or social media is largely frowned upon.” When a teen relationship ends, it is normal for the teen to go through their profile and “prune” it of reminders of the relationship: photos, messages, shared friends.