As with most parenting issues concerning teens, one of the best things we can do is to talk to our teens about the possible dangers of dating online, experts say.Though teens think they know everything, they really can be naïve and trusting just when they need to be wary and skeptical.Statistics show that 1 in 3 teens will experience dating violence and more than two-thirds never come forward and tell anyone.According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), teen dating violence is a serious public health problem that is growing in the United States.Plus, there’s time to think about how to respond in the most perfect, witty way, which just doesn’t happen in that awkward moment when you’re trying to talk to a crush.
Claire Mc Carthy, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, said it best in a Huffington Post blog on teen online dating.
There are several factors associated with dating violence.
Some of these include environmental and social risk factors, including family, education, environment, peer influence, exposure to parental violence, community violence, alcohol or substance abuse, and even gender equity.
When they’re online, teens have the freedom to be whoever they want, which may be a good thing for a shy kid who just doesn’t feel comfortable talking directly to people. One mom I know was distressed to discover that her daughter had created multiple personalities on Tumblr, including one that seemed to invite followers of her blog to send inappropriate photos to her.
Some of the girls quoted in the high school newspaper story said they got fed up with using Tinder when boys immediately requested that they send nude photos.
It was late fall during my freshman year at college.