Doing so helps children understand the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, providing them with the tools they’ll need to help keep themselves safe.
One of the strongest strategies for preventing TDV is to promote healthy relationships.
Abusive behaviors become “normalized” for teens experiencing TDV making them less likely to question their partner’s bad behavior.
To keep our teens safe and healthy it’s important that caregivers not only be able recognize the signs of abuse, but that they also make it a priority to teach children from an early age exactly what a healthy relationship looks like.
Unless a user flags a post, however, it's likely that it would never come to the site's attention.
Like most large social networks, Facebook relies almost entirely on users to police each other and proactively report content that violates site standards.
Even before the page has fully loaded, the popular Facebook group Teen Dating and Flirting looks like a something straight out of some parental nightmare.
It has the full teen trifecta - sexting, cyberbullying and strangers - in one unmoderated public forum that anyone, of any age, can access.
Please feel free to download, re-produce and distribute.On January 1, she posted a selfie to the forum with the caption "cute or nah". That's sparked a wave of outrage and concern from parents, educators and advocates."The teen dating sites on FB needs to be removed," posted Help Save The Next Girl, a Virginia-based advocacy group."Please help us locate and pressure Facebook to remove."It's unclear why Facebook has allowed these groups to exist for this long.The group, and many thousands of others like it, is less about dating than rating: Teens post pouty, suggestive selfies, which other teens or adults pretending to be teens grade; the comments then invariably devolve into either requests for further contact ("add me", "send nudes") or flat-out cyberbullying ("barely a 4", "gross", "ew").While teen dating groups, both public and closed, have been common on Facebook for years, the genre has come to light this week for tragic reasons: 13-year-old Nicole Lovell was reportedly bullied by the group only weeks before her January disappearance.)One Billion Rising is a global campaign against violence against women.