Safe dating for teenagers
Statistics show that the average teen is 16 when they’re ready to date one-on-one.
And unfortunately, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, a 2016 study showed that about 69 percent of both boys and girls had experienced some sort of physical or emotional abuse in the past year while dating. One way to increase safety and decrease stress about dating is to make sure that the family is on the same page about safety.
Teen dating abuse is physical, sexual, or emotional abuse (including stalking) that occurs between teens and pre-teens in a relationship.
It can take place in person or online, and can involve a current or past partner (CDC, 2016).
Students who experienced dating abuse were more likely than those who hadn’t to report being bullied on school grounds and missing school because they felt unsafe (Vivolo-Kantor, 2016).
Those who experience teen dating abuse are more likely than those who haven’t to become depressed or anxious, use drugs or alcohol, or become suicidal.
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There are also some rules for parents that are helpful in navigating teen dating. The experts agree that for anyone under 18, curfew should be no later than midnight.
Teen dating abuse is quite common, affecting around one in ten high school students.
The 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 9.6% of high school students had been physically hurt (hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon) by a dating partner on purpose within the past year.
“Experiencing dating violence can negatively affect an individual’s health throughout their entire life and can even put them at greater risk for repeat victimization,” said Marty Liccardo, men’s engagement specialist with UDOH.
According to UDOH, research has shown teens who experience dating violence are more likely to be depressed, do poorly in school, engage in unhealthy behaviors like using drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to have eating disorders.