Truth behind teen dating
If you notice your teen is not quite him or herself, has withdrawn from family members and friends, has unexplained bruises or marks or his or her body, or reacts strangely when around the person they are dating, take note and then take appropriate action.
Sometimes as parent’s we fall into the “friend” trap.
Monitor your child’s social networking activity, and not just on the home PC, but on whatever smart devices they might use.
Most parents are familiar with Facebook and Twitter, but many teens tend toward use of newer social media and messaging apps like Kik, Whats App, Pheed, and Snapchat. If you feel like something is not right with your teen explore that feeling.
We think the way in to our teen’s inner circle is by maintaining a friendly relationship instead of a parental one. It’s okay to ask questions and expect honest and open answers.
This article, and others like it, should not and are not meant to take the place of professional counseling services or medical care. Sherrod, MSW, LGSW, is an outreach social worker at a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. “He only wanted me to be with him,” said Zoe, a University of Arizona student.