Youth dating abuse
She never expected the image would be spread like wildfire. "Someone actually came to me and said 'You're Ally. A new study released this week finds more youths are using their tech gadgets and social media to abuse each other in romantic relationships.One in 10 teens reported they received a threatening cell phone message from their romantic partner, according to new results from the Cyberbullying Research Center, a research group dedicated to tracking bullying behaviors online among youth.Kids are also afraid to report the abuse to their parents because they may believe the abuse is not that big a deal, or they fear losing cell phone and laptop privileges, experts say.The humiliation can be lasting for a teenager, said Parry Aftab, founder of the internet bullying advocacy group, Wired Safety.There are steps you can take to prevent these forms of violence from happening.
She recently graduated from community college with a degree in elementary education.Abusive teens may also exert their control by preventing their partners from using technology, experts say.About 10 percent of teens interviewed say a romantic partner stopped them from using a computer or cell phone.The 24/7 technology enables the abusive partner to stalk the other person after school and on weekends, he said.
Jennings said social networking, which can connect hundreds and thousands of students, gives the abusive partner more leverage.In fact, this study showed that boys are more likely to be victims: about 5 percent of boys and 3 percent of girls had a romantic partner upload or share a humiliating photograph online.