Digital Abuse and Teen Relationships

1 February 2018, 10:35am

In our third installment of our series on stalking and technology (part 1 and part 2), we are highlighting the impact that digital abuse has on the lives of young adults.  Young people are learning to navigate their relationships with unique issues such as sexting, digital stalking and cyber bullying.  Without guidance from trusted adults or peers it can be very difficult to identify what a healthy relationship looks like, and even harder to speak up when they see or experience abusive behavior.

Digital abuse can include stalking or harassing through social networks, monitoring online activity, or constantly checking-in through texts or phone calls.

Digital abuse is far too common.  It takes a variety of forms including stalking or harassing through social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.), monitoring online activity, or by constantly checking-in through text and phone calls.  Over 40% of young people in relationships experience digital abuse from their partner(1). 


This is why it is so important to start honest and open conversations about healthy relationships and consent BEFORE the abuse starts.  If relationship boundaries are established and validated by peers early on, youth are better positioned to recognize healthy relationships and have supportive people to talk to when something does not feel right. 


You can help shape a community where dating abuse does not exist.  Teens usually seek out help from peers, older siblings, parents or other trusted adults before contacting CARDV. Educate yourself about teen dating violence and resources available for teens, ask local educators to discuss healthy relationships in the classroom, and visit for more information.       


  1. Futures Without Violence. "Emerging Issues Facing Tweens and Teens

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