Being a teen isn’t an easy experience, and navigating relationships as a teen definitely isn’t an easy experience. As they’re grappling with constant messages from ever-evolving technology, figuring out what’s healthy and not healthy can be overwhelming for young people. We think it’s important to provide them with guidance and resources that help them make healthy choices and build safe, respectful relationships.
With one in three teens experiencing some form of abuse from a dating partner, now is the time to have conversations about dating violence with the teens in your life. Even if you don’t see the warning signs, learning how to create healthy relationships and avoid abusive ones are skills that will last a lifetime. And if your teen is experiencing abuse, it’s important to know how to help.
During February, follow loveisrespect, our project with Break the Cycle, for information about how to get involved during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month). There are plenty of ways to participate and help spread the word about teen dating violence:
- Feb. 4 – Love = Setting Boundaries Twitter chat at 2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST. Follow the hashtag #teendvchat to participate.
- Feb. 8-12 – Respect Week, hosted by the National Youth Advisory Board. Download the Respect Week Guide for activity ideas, and share what you’re doing on social media using the hashtag #RespectWeek2016.
- Feb. 9 – Wear Orange4Love! Get your friends and family to wear orange and show support for healthy relationships. Join loveisrespect’s Facebook event, and post pictures with the hashtag #orange4love.
- Feb. 12 – Read the National Respect Announcement at your school or to your organization. Join the Thunderclap to help spread the message about healthy relationships on social media!
- Feb. 18 – Looking Deeper at Boundaries Twitter chat at 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST. Follow the hashtag #teendvchat to participate.
- Feb. 25 – Join loveisrespect and Break the Cycle for a webinar, “The New Normal,” which will explore current dating trends and cultural and social norms from a young person’s perspective. Register here.