We would all be hard pressed to find a teenager who isn’t glued “addicted” to their smartphone these days! And what are they talking about? Relationships! Sixty percent of teens say they know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.
These are 5 signs of a healthy teen relationship we all need to know.
•They give each other space to hang out with friends and family. It’s a good sign when teens are balancing all of the relationships in their lives, as well continuing to pursue hobbies and activities outside of their romantic partnership.
•They exhibit healthy texting behavior. As long as the texts aren’t excessive or interrupting daily life, it’s not necessarily what we call “textual harassment.” If texts become abusive or if someone is pressuring for them to send private photos, it might be time to talk about digital boundaries. To find out more about digital abuse check outthatsnotcool.com on Facebook and Twitter.
•They know it’s okay to disagree. If one partner isn’t feeling comfortable speaking their mind or seems afraid to disagree with their girlfriend/boyfriend, it could be a red flag.
•Physical boundaries are respected. Constant and positive consent are keys, including not pressuring someone to drink alcohol or use drugs in an effort to engage in sexual activity.
•They are in control. Teens should feel able to wear clothing they choose, go where they want to go, and do what they like to do – without fear of a partner being upset or trying to control them.
Early education and prevention are critical. Some helpful resourcesfrom Amazon and Loveisrespect.com are:
•10 Tips on Talking About Healthy Relationships with Teens
•Conversation Starters: Dating Abuse
•Conversation Starters: Respectful Relationships
•Talking to Your Young Teen About Friendship and Bullying
Get help from national hotlines that can help you or your teenager 24/7.
•National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474, 1-866-331-8453 (TTY)
•National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
•Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Contact Crisis Services in Scottsboro for free and confidential help- 256.574.5826.