With such heavy reliance on technology for the purpose of socializing, it has never been easier to present a persona who is different from who you really are. Discover 10 easy ways to determine whether the person you are talking to is real or is catfishing you.
The age of majority is defined as the age at which a minor is considered an adult and at which time the individual is responsible for his/her actions. Yet, the age of majority not only varies by state, but may be different from what the state considers the age of consent. Read More
While minors may be able to lawfully engage in consensual sexual activity depending on the laws of their state, such is not the case when one of the participants is 18, and therefor considered an adult. Romeo and Juliet laws, which were named after the fictionalized young teenager lovers, are intended to provide some protection [...]
Dr. Lisa Fontes, author of Invisible Chains, discusses Coercive Control which is form of dating violence that is often hard to see from the outside. Coercive Control occurs when a partner uses threats, isolation, manipulation and verbal abuse to maintain power and control over a partner. Read More
Actress Jameela Jamil voices her opinion on how we need to go a step farther in the topic of sexual consent. Sexual consent, while necessary, should be the mere starting point from which partners need to be mutually enthusiastic and comfortable throughout intimate situations.
Teaching your children by talking to them and exemplifying relationships based on kindness, positive feelings, responsibility and self worth is the most effective tool in defining healthy friendships and intimate relationships. Read More
We are starting to better understand the laws of consent, but there are grey areas when it comes to sexual encounters that are difficult to define. Does 'yes' mean 'yes' if it is said after persistence, moderate aggression or persuasion? Can a consensual, but regrettable or unpleasant sexual experience cross the line into what is [...]
What is the appropriate reaction to discovering your teenager has posted pictures of his/her genitals on the internet? A mother gives her account of being in such a situation and how she handled it....as best she could.
As parents, we are nearly powerless to prevent our teens from dating, but we can help them be prepared to make better, healthier choices when they do. Educating them on sex, consent, risks associated with social media and drinking will open the lines of communication towards making wise choices.