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Healthy vs. Harmful: Technology Use by Teens

February 11th, 2015

By Sara Migler, JCADA Intern

As a senior in high school, I see firsthand how social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat dominate the lives of teenagers, including myself. Social media is an extremely important part of our lives. This prominent communication tool for kids, teenagers, and young adults can also provide a dangerous platform for users to control, manipulate and be abusive towards their peers.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and during this month, it is important for us to understand the difference between healthy and harmful social media and technology use in a relationship. Technological abuse is defined as disrupting or manipulating someone’s personal life and using social media or communication devices to harass them.

Technological abuse is a common tool abusive partners use to gain power and control in a relationship. What are ways someone can use technology to control their partner? Check out the image below from That’s Not Cool Tumblr for an example of technology dating abuse.

For more examples of technology dating abuse, go to That’s Not Cool’s Tumblr! While some of the movie clips and pictures are funny, it is important that we are able to recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship.

For tips on how to stay safe while using technology, visit AWARE® 's Technology Safety page.

Posted by AWARE Team | Topic: Teens & Technology  | Category: Technology

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