Interesting article on a subject on a timely topic.
Guest post by: Emily Eisele, Prevention Education Specialist, HAVEN
When Is It Abuse?
Teens are often texting or tweeting, but how do you know if it is crossing the boundaries of a healthy relationship? It’s important to address with teens using media the dynamics of power and control. Do you feel afraid to leave your phone unattended? Do you feel like there will be social or relationship consequences if you don’t tell your partner where you are at all times? Every teen has texted “where r u?” to a friend or partner, but if there is a threat carried with it, that is abuse. Finding out if a teen feels fear in their relationship is essential to identifying abuse.
Making it clear that abuse does not have to be physical is also a hurdle to clear when discussing teen dating violence: many young people feel that digital harassment is a normal social…
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