Research has shown that youth victims are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety; engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol; or exhibit antisocial behaviors and think about suicide.
Additionally, once teens experience violence in one relationship, they are at significant risk for experiencing violence in another relationship. It is critical that teachers, parents, coaches or any others in a teen's life maintain awareness and take action to get help when it occurs.
More than a quarter of children using specialist teen dating apps, some as young as 13, have been contacted by adults online, it can be revealed.
One website marketing itself at 13- to 20-year-olds – – has breached rules governing nudity with posts including: “Do any girls want to post nudes message [sic]” and “Horny girls message me”, an investigation by The Independent has found.
Often, children will find ways to circumvent restrictions and become members of social networks which are not meant for them.
Teen dating abuse is an issue that crosses all socioeconomic, cultural, and demographic lines. Teen Safe brings together experienced educators and trained high school students to engage teens and adults in preventing teen dating abuse.
Teen Safe participants create and organize outreach campaigns and community activities and design and present workshops to their peers, parents, and educators.