How to talk to your kids about teen dating violence

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Stars Insider

08/02/23 | StarsInsider


Teens go through so much change as they transition out of childhood and begin dating, which can make them seem impossible to reach or connect with—but that’s when they need strong guidance figures the most.

One of the saddest realities is that dating violence is more common than we think, and especially among adolescents. A shocking one in three teens in the US reportedly experiences some kind of abuse from someone they're dating or otherwise romantically involved with, and the number only goes up as they enter college, specifically for women, 43% of whom report experiencing abusive dating behaviors.

Even if they seem unapproachable, teens report listening to their parents more than anyone else, so it's there that prevention efforts must begin. But how to approach the conversation, and what is important for teens to learn and question? Click through to find out exactly how to talk to your kids about teen dating violence.

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