Many teens are abused online by the people they're dating, a new study suggests.
This abuse can include being monitored, stalked, threatened and harassed through hurtful comments, the researchers said.
(The study didn't consider this to be cyber dating abuse.)"Many teens would struggle with how to respond to such a request and may not be aware of the repercussions of sending such pictures," Mustanski said.
"Given how frequently these requests are happening, it is important that parents address this with their children and help them develop the skills to appropriately respond."Study author Dick also suggested that parents treat each other with respect so their kids can learn from them as role models.
The numbers were highest among non-whites (between 37 percent and 44 percent), those dating more than one person (61 percent), and bisexuals (56 percent).
The most common types of abuse were stalking (repeatedly contacting a person to ask what he or she was doing or whom he or she was with) and making mean and hurtful comments.
Here are a few tips to help you deal with this type of situation: 1.
Have a serious discussion about the risks Your teen probably already knows that meeting people online isn’t the safest choice. As a parent, it’s your job to communicate the risks of online dating to your son or daughter without seeming too much like an overprotective, overbearing parent.So, sit down together and have an adult conversation about online predators.Try not to get angry with your teen, and calmly ask your teen to stop visiting online dating sites."These are teens that are seeking health care, which we know is a group of youth who tend to have riskier health behaviors," she explained.Brian Mustanski, an associate professor with the department of medical social sciences at Northwestern University who studies bullying, noted that almost one in three teens said they were asked to send nude or seminude pictures of themselves.The schools were located in urban and suburban areas, and 95 percent of the participants were not white.