While it may seem easier to let your teen shake you loose, hang on. Right now, your teen is forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships.Given that 1 in 5 high schoolers experience dating violence, you’ll want to be sure you do your part to help your child understand what a healthy relationship feels and looks like.In all likelihood, your young teen is experiencing significant emotional, psychological and physical changes.And, while your teen needs you more than ever to help them through this challenging time, they are also seeking independence and turning to peers.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship.
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.