Dating safety for teens
As any parent knows, it can be difficult to communicate with your teen, especially when it comes to a sensitive topic like dating violence.Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to say, or maybe your teen doesn’t seem to want to talk.Whatever stage you and your teen are going through in discussing and learning about dating violence — whether you want to teach them about healthy relationships for the future, or you’re concerned with a relationship they are currently in and want to give them advice — there are plenty of resources that can be really helpful.From phone numbers and victim services centers, to online pamphlets and sites, we’ve put together a list of some of the best resources for teens.It can happen at any age, regardless of sex, race, religion or ethnicity.It is often hidden because teenagers have “romantic” views of love, strive for independence from parents and are inexperienced with dating relationships.
Here are some tips for thinking about when you might start seeing someone: Ask yourself: Talk to your parents or guardians about starting to date.
Keep in mind that the sex in movies, music, and TV shows often doesn't reflect real or healthy relationships. Trust your instincts and treat yourself with respect — and make sure your crush does, too. Talk with the other person ahead of time about what you will and will not do physically.
Waiting until the heat of the moment to try to cool things down doesn't work as well.
Talk to your parents or guardians or other adult you trust. If you have been raped, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline online or at 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).
You can get help through by chat, by texting "loveis" to 22522, or by phone at 866-331-9474.