All Abusive relationships share many and/or all of the same warning signs. However,if you are a teen there are some unique aspects that we need to talk about. One of the unique factors is that during the teen years you will experience many first: first attraction, first kiss, first boyfriend/girlfriend, first drink, first party, etc.. In the midst of all of these first are body changes and social expectation and media/peer pressures.
The Teen years are part of a natural crisis to figure out who and what I am and you are bombarded with messages from all sides telling you who and what you should be. Thus as a teens if you need as much support, information and a mentorship to help you develop into your authentic self. Abusive relationships in the teen year can really cause long term hurt and can be VERY dangerous. IF you feel scared than know the most reliable source of knowing the danger you are in is you.
Abusive behaviours do not stop because someone tells you they will promise. People who abuse need help to learn ways to stop with a mentor or a counsellor and you deserve someone who treats you well.
This is a video of other teenagers experiences: Let's Go
Negative Media Messages to Females and Males:
Male Masqulinity, Violence & Media:
Warning Signs of Abuse
Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive. Use these warning signs of abuse to see if your relationship is going in the wrong direction:
Here are some more videos on teens experience:
Signs of Digital Dating Abuse:
Excellent Resources: Quizzes, texting abuse, etc..