Teen dating safety
When they’re ready to start dating, it is important to determine some guidelines.
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.
Prevention: Close to half of adolescents between the ages of 11 and 14 have dated (Liz Claiborne, Inc./Teen Research Unlimited, Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, 2008).
Since dating relationships begin in early adolescence, prevention programs must start with this age group in order to be effective in deterring teen dating violence.
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.
This foundation will be invaluable when it comes time for your teen to date.
Let me start by saying that communication and trust are everything. Many parents don’t know how to talk with their child without judgment or direction, instead of talking to, or at, them.
As a parent, the best thing you can do for your child is to talk with them, not at them. The problem is that if your child doesn’t feel like they can talk to you without these behaviors, they won’t talk to you at all.
Although more research is needed, Safe Dates, the Youth Relationships Project, the 4th R curriculum, the Ending Violence curriculum, and the Shifting Boundaries program are all promising practices for increasing awareness of the risks and consequences of dating violence and/or reducing teen dating violence behavior.
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