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How to Talk to Teens about Dating Violence: A Guide for Parents
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About This Lesson

Futures Without Violence offers resources for parents on how to talk to teens about dating violence:

  • starting the conversation early about healthy relationships,
  • the warning signs your teen is in an unhealthy relationship, and 
  • quizzes for self-reflection.

Below you’ll find information and tools to help you talk to your kids about healthy relationships, guidelines on how to navigate their world of cell phones and social networking and how to talk to your kids about being an upstander vs. a bystander when it comes to bullying.

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Parents: Start Relating Before They Start Dating.

Welcome to one of the most challenging phases of parenting—adolescence.

In all likelihood, your young teen is experiencing significant emotional, psychological and physical changes. And, while your teen needs you more than ever to help them through this challenging time, they are also seeking independence and turning to peers. While it may seem easier to let your teen shake you loose, hang on. They really do need you.

Right now, your teen is forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships. Given that 1 in 5 high schoolers experience dating violence, you’ll want to be sure you do your part to help your child understand what a healthy relationship feels and looks like.

Resources

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10Tips_healthyrelationships2.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
140.43 KB

Digital-Dating-Abuse_Conversation-Starters.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
193.13 KB

Respectful-Relationships-Conversation-Starters.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
151.76 KB

Talking-to-Your-Young-Teen-About-Friendship-and-Bullying.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
149.32 KB

How-do-you-know-if-your-teen-is-in-an-unhealthy-relationship1.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
186.01 KB

Know-the-Warning-Signs1.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
149.33 KB

Are-you-modeling-respect-at-home.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
February 13, 2020
148.15 KB

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