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Teen Dating Violence

By: Richard Armen

Teens should be aware of how they should be treated and should be provided with the tools necessary to extricate themselves from dangerous situations. While as a parent you of course want your teen to come to you with any problems, it is also important to enable them to get out of a dangerous situation themselves.

Consider providing your teen with a personal alarm or, depending on the laws in your state, with pepper spray. Doing so can ensure that your teen can escape a violent or potentially violent situation, ranging from dating violence to a mugger or rapist. Though you surely don't want to think about your son or daughter being placed in such a situation, it is also important to realize that they are growing up and in need of something to protect themselves from these very real dangers.

Teen dating violence seems to become more and more common every year. With the current rates of teen dating violence affecting up to fifty percent of teens, the problem affects individuals regardless of gender, race, age or socioeconomic status. Rates do show that boys injure girls more frequently and with more severity than girls injure boys. But it is not only physical abuse that affects teens - abuse can also be sexual or psychological.

Peer pressure has long been a problem among teens, and this certainly spills over into the realm of dating. Current studies show that "one in five teen girls and one in ten younger teen girls (ages 13 to 16) have electronically sent or posted nude or semi-nude photos or videos of themselves." Of those young girls up to twelve percent reported that they felt they were "pressured" to do so.

If you are the parent of a teen or a pre-teen, whether a daughter or son, it is important to prepare yourself for this possibility by learning what to look for. Warning signs that teen dating abuse may be occurring include: sudden change in appearance or attitude, reports of name calling or jealousy, making excuses for a partner's behavior, or unexplainable injuries. Having a support network of friends and family that can notice the warning signs is one of the first steps necessary to preventing teen dating violence from occurring.

Prevention of teen violence begins with an active support network that provides teens with a positive and supportive environment. Parents and educators can discuss the warning signs, dangers and implications of dating violence with teens prior to any dangerous situations. It's generally advisable for parents to talk to teens about the dangers of violence prior to teens dating.

There are a number of non-profit organizations that provide support for teens and their families. Familiarize yourself with these resources now, before your son or daughter comes to you for help, so that you know where to turn in a time of need. Ranging from tips for the prevention of violence to help for those who are experiencing dating violence, these non-profits and groups provide tools and resources of all varieties.

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