Teen dating terms
TDV may include sexual violence including any kind of unwanted or forced sexual contact.Sexual control may also include reproductive coercion where an abuser sabotages his partner’s birth control, forces pregnancy and/or determines the outcome of the victim’s pregnancies.
Cell phones, messaging and social networks are intended for communication and social interaction.
In evaluating your child’s experience with these technologies ask them to consider the difference between communication and monitoring.
Are frequent texts just chatting and checking in, or are they an attempt to control?
However, teens use a range of terms to characterize their romantic relationships; common terms include—hanging out, hooking up, going out, crushing, flirting, seeing, etc.
Try not to let the differences in language keep you from being on the same page in talking with your kids about these relationships.