But you can be in an important position to influence your child’s behavior if he or she is violent, so it’s important to be aware of these warning signs as well.Kids who are abusive may: According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, youth ages 8-18 spend over 7 hours every day engaged with tech devices including cell phones, computers, television and other digital devices.
Here are some facts from the Center for Disease control about the prevalence of teen dating violence in the United States: Since many teens are confronted by dating violence dynamics, you can contribute to the health of your child’s relationship by recognizing the early warning signs of abuse.
Kids who are being abused by a partner may: If you see these red flags in your teen’s relationship, it’s important that you speak up and let them know you’re concerned.
Examples of this include constant texting, social network surveillance and even video monitoring.
Cell phones, messaging and social networks are intended for communication and social interaction.
In evaluating your child’s experience with these technologies ask them to consider the difference between communication and monitoring.
Are frequent texts just chatting and checking in, or are they an attempt to control?
According to the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, teen dating violence (TDV) is a pattern of behavior that someone uses to gain control over his or her dating partner.
It is also important to note that “dating” is a term that adults tend to use to identify romantic relationships between young people; accordingly, that’s the term that we use in describing these dynamics on this page.
Constant texts asking where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, what you are wearing, etc, are designed to limit social interactions and friendships outside of the dating relationship.