Teens who are victims of dating violence are more likely to have problems with school, substance abuse, depression and social experiences, according to a recent study. The AAP urges parents to talk to their children about healthy relationships in middle school, before dating starts.
The pledge urges both teens to download and print a heart at the following website
They can then write in the heart how they will help spread awareness and stand up to Teen Dating Violence.
They can “tweet” a picture of their heart to @fam_plan and use the hashtag #tdvcandyhearts to spread their message on Twitter.
$20 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to students with the most encouraging pledge and most creative design.
The social media campaign will run through the entire month of February.
According to the Tween and Teen Dating Abuse study of 2008, 62% of tweens (ages 11-14) say they know friends who have been verbally abused by a boyfriend/girlfriend and according to the 2008 study by The National Council on Crime and Delinquency, one in three adolescents in the U. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
“Our education department provides programming to over 3,000 middle and high school students and one of the most requested topics is Healthy Relationships,”said Andrea Guccia, Family Planning’s Director of Education.
But when the smartphone is constantly buzzing with messages from a significant other, it could be a sign of dating violence.
The best solution is prevention, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). They often have an explosive temper, are jealous, put their partner down, isolate their date from friends and families, make false accusations, have mood swings, seem possessive or bossy, and will pressure their date to do things against his or her will.