One of my roles is working with youth in local schools. I check in with the at-risk students and try to encourage, support, and guide them. Many topics are brought up in the office. Tests, homework, peer conflict, alcohol, drugs, vaping, mental health struggles, and dating issues. More often than not I’m working with youth trying to outline what healthy relationships are built upon. I have many talks with youth about red-flag behaviors related to unhealthy relationships. It can be difficult to see abusive behaviors once you are in an unhealthy relationship. It can be even more difficult to leave an abusive relationship.
I also help to identify unhealthy digital relationships. We must have discussions about how youth “date” through electronics. Recently, I posted a blog about kids asking for nudes from their partner. I’m sure adults have many conversations about not sending nude pictures, but are we talking to kids about not requesting nudes from others? Conversations around digital dating are important. After all, our kids are digitally dating.
I rely on resources to help kids identify controlling or unhealthy behaviors. I wanted to share with you three great resources: Love is Respect, Very Well Mind, and DemiBrae.
I hope these resources are helpful in Creating Responsible Relationships on Smartphones
Healthy Relationship Resources