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Digital Dating Abuse

  1. 1. Shalanda Moten | Argosy University<br />
  2. 2. DIGITAL ABUSE 101<br />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.<br />Types of Digital Abuse<br /><ul><li>Textual Harassment (i.e. constantly texting, IM'ing, or emailing a partner to keep tabs or harass)
  3. 3. Sexting (i.e. sending or forwarding nude, sexually suggestive, or explicit pictures on ones cell or online)
  4. 4. Digital Stalking/Spying (i.e. sneaking peeks at a partner’s text message or call history, or breaking into a partners inbox)
  5. 5. Cyber Bullying (i.e. spreading negative or embarrassing rumors, name calling, or making threats) </li></ul>Source: (2010a)<br />
  6. 6. TEXTUAL HARASSMENT<br /> (2010)<br />
  7. 7. SEXTING<br />Source: (2010b)<br />
  8. 8. PREVALENCE<br /><ul><li>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
  9. 9. More than 1 in 4 say their boyfriend or girlfriend has checked the text messages on their phone without permission
  10. 10. 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 </li></ul>Source: MTV and The Associated Press (2009, p. 3)<br /><ul><li>82% of parents whose teens were emailed or texted 30 times per hour were unaware this was happening
  11. 11. 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 </li></ul>Source: Teen Research Unlimited (2007, pp. 10-18)<br />
  12. 12. AGE/GENDER/DIVERSITY<br />Age<br /><ul><li>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)
  13. 13. 50 percent of 14 -24 year-olds have been the target of some form of digital abuse (MTV and The Associated Press, 2009)
  14. 14. 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)
  15. 15. Teen dating abuse does not discriminate. It affects young people of all races, religions, and cultures(Liz Claiborne, 2010a, p. 4) </li></ul>Gender <br />Diversity <br />
  16. 16. WARNING SIGNS<br /><ul><li>Encouraging the target to “block” friends and family from “buddy” and “friends” lists online
  17. 17. Calling/emailing/texting the other person every few minutes or at unreasonable hours to “check up”
  18. 18. Becoming angry if the target does not immediately respond
  19. 19. 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)</li></ul>Warning Signs for Perpetration<br /><ul><li> Possessiveness
  20. 20. Extreme jealousy
  21. 21. Constant put-downs
  22. 22. Explosive temper
  23. 23. Verbal threats in person or online</li></ul>Warning Signs for Victimization<br /><ul><li> Isolation from family and friends
  24. 24. Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
  25. 25. Making excuses for partner’s behavior
  26. 26. Noticeable changes in eating or sleeping
  27. 27. Loss of self-confidence </li></ul>Warning Signs for Educators and Parents <br /><ul><li> Consistent school attendance problems
  28. 28. A noticeable drop in grades
  29. 29. A sudden request for school schedule changes
  30. 30. Behavioral changes (i.e. passive or quieter than usual)</li></ul>Source: Liz Claiborne (2010a, p. 27)<br />
  31. 31. ETHICS & LEGAL<br />According to the National Conference of State Legislators:<br /><ul><li>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)
  32. 32. 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) 
  33. 33. Educators have an ethical responsibility to report “sexts” or any form of digital abuse to administrators and parents. </li></li></ul><li>INTERVENTIONS<br /><ul><li>Direct students to community (e.g., counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers) and online resources (e.g., and
  34. 34. Become familiar with or implement a school policy on dating violence
  35. 35. Implement a curriculum that focuses on </li></ul> teen dating violence prevention (Liz Claiborne, 2010a)<br /><ul><li>Online training Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention (CDC,2010)
  36. 36. A Parents Handbook: How to Talk to Your Children About Developing Healthy Relationships (Liz Claiborne, 2010b)</li></ul>Curriculum<br />
  37. 37. REFERENCES<br /> (2010a). Get the facts. Retrieved from <br /> (2010b). Public nudity. Retrieved from videos/2-public-nudity<br />CDC. (2010). Dating matters: Understanding teen dating violence. Retrieved from<br />Liz Claiborne. (2010a). Love is not abuse curriculum. Retrieved from /made <br />Liz Claiborne. (2010b). A parents handbook: How to talk to your children about developing healthy relationships. Retrieved from guide<br />MTV & The Associated Press. (2009). MTV digital abuse survey. Retrieved from Study_ Executive _Summary.pdf<br />National Conference of State Legislators. (2010a). Legislation related to “sexting."Retrieved from<br />National Conference of State Legislators. (2010b). Teen dating violence. Retrieved from<br />Teen Research Unlimited. (2007). Tech abuse is teen relationships study. Retrieved from Tech%20Relationship %20Abuse %20TPL.pdf<br /> (2010). Textual harassment. Retrieved from /videos<br />