I have a tremendous amount of respect and awe for those of you who are raising children in this day and age. While we are aware of the dangers of the Internet when it comes to our children have any of you become aware of the dangers of cell phones? How about those cell phones that also have Internet access?
I work for a domestic and sexual violence center. We are seeing teen age survivors in our counseling groups. We are seeing parents of teenagers in our counseling groups asking, "how did I miss this signs?"
If you have a child with a cell phone, please review the survey below. Please take note of the warning signs!
A survey on teens and dating abuse reveals that an alarming number of teens in dating relationships are being controlled, threatened and humiliated through cell phones and the Internet with unimaginable frequency. The research also reveals disturbing data that a significant majority of parents are completely unaware of this type of dating abuse and the dangers facing their teens.
The survey was conducted in December 2006 by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) for Liz Claiborne Inc. Teens surveyed range in age from 13-18. Key Findings Include:
Teens report dating abuse via technology is a serious problem
- 71% of teens regard boyfriends/girlfriends spreading rumors about them on cell phones and social networking sites as a serious problem.
- 68% of teens say boyfriends/girlfriends sharing private or embarrassing pictures/videos on cell phones and computers is a serious problem.
Cell phone calls and texting at unimaginable frequency mean constant control day and night
Parents do not know about dating teens' constant contact
- 67% of parents whose teens were checked up on 30 times per day on their cell phone were unaware this was happening.
- 82% of parents whose teens were emailed or texted 30 times per hour were unaware this was happening.
Cell phones and Internet have become weapons of teen dating abuse
- One in four teens in a relationship (25%) say they have been called names, harassed, or put down by their partner through cell phones and texting.
- One in five teens in a relationship (22%) have been asked to engage in sex by cell phone or the Internet when they do not want to.
Parents do not know about this abuse
- 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.
- 67% of parents were unaware that their teen was asked to have sex or engage in sexual acts via cell phone, email, IM, or texting when they did not want to.
Parents believe technology makes dating abuse more prevalent and more hidden - yet few are doing anything about it
Parents also do not know that their teens are victims of physical and sexual abuse
- 75% of parents were unaware that their teen had been physically hurt or bruised by their partner.
- 69% of parents were unaware that their teen was pressured by their partner to perform oral sex.
- 58% of parents were unaware that their teen had been hit, slapped, pushed, punched, kicked or choked by their partner.
To read the full survey go to http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/