Politics of cyberdating
Cyber dating abuse was more common among girls than boys.
It was also linked to a greater risk of physical abuse, sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Parents should have a similar presence in their children’s online lives as they do in their offline lives, Temple said.
If that’s not possible, he said they should at least understand social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“When they see their peers in such a positive way, they can’t help but compare themselves to them.” The study also found that greater access to private Internet use among adolescents and lax rule setting by parents about Internet use was tied to more involvement in sexual online behaviors.
Bickham said that finding is similar to a previous study of his that found kids benefit from having rules of Internet use spelled out by parents.
“There is this bidirectional relationship that what happens online can happen offline and what happens offline can happen online as well,” he said.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA's Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices.Both studies confirm “what we’re finding out in research, that the online behaviors seem to mimic offline behaviors,” Jeff Temple told Reuters Health.Temple, who was not involved with the new studies, is a psychologist and women’s health researcher from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.“I think the message to parents is that this is really common and that also the relationship abuse - the hidden nature of this - could be potentially dangerous for their teens,” Dick said.“We do want clinicians, health educators and coaches in high school to be aware of the abuse,” she said.