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  • Shalanda Moten | Argosy University
  • DIGITAL ABUSE 101
    Digital abuse, most commonly referred to as “cyber” or “technology abuse,” is an extension of verbal or emotional abuse communicated via e-mails, instant messages, cell phones, voicemails, texts, “sexts,” or social networking websites.
    Types of Digital Abuse
    • Textual Harassment (i.e. constantly texting, IM'ing, or emailing a partner to keep tabs or harass)
    • Sexting (i.e. sending or forwarding nude, sexually suggestive, or explicit pictures on ones cell or online)
    • Digital Stalking/Spying (i.e. sneaking peeks at a partner’s text message or call history, or breaking into a partners inbox)
    • Cyber Bullying (i.e. spreading negative or embarrassing rumors, name calling, or making threats)
    Source: www.athinline.org (2010a)
  • TEXTUAL HARASSMENT
    Source:www.thatsnotcool.com (2010)
  • SEXTING
    Source: www.athinline.org (2010b)
  • PREVALENCE
    • Almost a quarter of young people report that their boyfriend or girlfriend checks up with them multiple times per day, either online or on a cell phone, to see where they are, who they’re with or what they’re doing
    • More than 1 in 4 say their boyfriend or girlfriend has checked the text messages on their phone without permission
    • 12% have had a boyfriend or girlfriend call them names, put them down, or say really mean things to them on the Internet or cell phone
    Source: MTV and The Associated Press (2009, p. 3)
    • 82% of parents whose teens were emailed or texted 30 times per hour were unaware this was happening
    • 71% of parents were unaware that their teen is afraid of not responding to a cell phone call, text or IM massage or email for fear of what their partner might do
    Source: Teen Research Unlimited (2007, pp. 10-18)
  • AGE/GENDER/DIVERSITY
    Age
    • 62% of tweens (age 11-14) who have been in a relationship say they know friends who have been verbally abused (called stupid, worthless, ugly, etc) by a boyfriend/girlfriend (Teen Research Unlimited, 2007)
    • 50 percent of 14 -24 year-olds have been the target of some form of digital abuse (MTV and The Associated Press, 2009)
    • The vast majority of abusers are male, and most targets are female. However, dating violence can happen to both males and females, and opposite or same-sex relationships(CDC, 2010)
    • Teen dating abuse does not discriminate. It affects young people of all races, religions, and cultures(Liz Claiborne, 2010a, p. 4)
    Gender
    Diversity
  • WARNING SIGNS
    • Encouraging the target to “block” friends and family from “buddy” and “friends” lists online
    • Calling/emailing/texting the other person every few minutes or at unreasonable hours to “check up”
    • Becoming angry if the target does not immediately respond
    • Checking the target’s cell phone/computer to see who the target has been communicating with (e.g., missed calls, emails, voicemail, and text messages)
    Warning Signs for Perpetration
    • Possessiveness
    • Extreme jealousy
    • Constant put-downs
    • Explosive temper
    • Verbal threats in person or online
    Warning Signs for Victimization
    • Isolation from family and friends
    • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
    • Making excuses for partner’s behavior
    • Noticeable changes in eating or sleeping
    • Loss of self-confidence
    Warning Signs for Educators and Parents
    • Consistent school attendance problems
    • A noticeable drop in grades
    • A sudden request for school schedule changes
    • Behavioral changes (i.e. passive or quieter than usual)
    Source: Liz Claiborne (2010a, p. 27)
  • ETHICS & LEGAL
    According to the National Conference of State Legislators:
    • Georgia State Board of Education shall incorporate into rape prevention and personal safety education programs a program for preventing teen dating violence, the Love Is Not Abuse Curriculum (Claiborne Institute curriculum) and would repeal conflicting laws (2010b, HB 1018)
    • 15 states have introduced or are considering bills or resolutions aimed at "sexting“ [as a means to] (a) educate young people about the risks of sexting, (b) deter them from the practice, and (c) apply appropriate penalties to those who do engage in sexting (2010a, para. 1) 
    • Educators have an ethical responsibility to report “sexts” or any form of digital abuse to administrators and parents.
  • INTERVENTIONS
    • Direct students to community (e.g., counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers) and online resources (e.g., thatsnotcool.com and athinline.org)
    • Become familiar with or implement a school policy on dating violence
    • Implement a curriculum that focuses on
    teen dating violence prevention (Liz Claiborne, 2010a)
    • Online training Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention (CDC,2010)
    • A Parents Handbook: How to Talk to Your Children About Developing Healthy Relationships (Liz Claiborne, 2010b)
    Curriculum
  • REFERENCES
    Athinline.org. (2010a). Get the facts. Retrieved from http://www.athinline.org/facts
    Athinline.org. (2010b). Public nudity. Retrieved from http://www.athinline.org/ videos/2-public-nudity
    CDC. (2010). Dating matters: Understanding teen dating violence. Retrieved from www.vetoviolence.org/datingmatters
    Liz Claiborne. (2010a). Love is not abuse curriculum. Retrieved from loveisnotabuse.com /made
    Liz Claiborne. (2010b). A parents handbook: How to talk to your children about developing healthy relationships. Retrieved from http://loveisnotabuse.com/web/guest/aparents guide
    MTV & The Associated Press. (2009). MTV digital abuse survey. Retrieved from http://www.athinline.org/MTV-AP_Digital_Abuse_ Study_ Executive _Summary.pdf
    National Conference of State Legislators. (2010a). Legislation related to “sexting."Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=19696
    National Conference of State Legislators. (2010b). Teen dating violence. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=17582#2010
    Teen Research Unlimited. (2007). Tech abuse is teen relationships study. Retrieved from http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/pdf/06-208%20 Tech%20Relationship %20Abuse %20TPL.pdf
    Thatsnotcool.com. (2010). Textual harassment. Retrieved from http://thatsnotcool.com /videos