WHY YOUTH MAY STRUGGLE TO SHARE ABOUT EXPLOITATIVE RELATIONSHIPS
NOT UNDERSTANDING THE MAGNITUDE OF THE SITUATION
HOW TO ESTABLISH OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR TEEN
Approach conversations with curiosity. Teens are experienced with social media, and they can teach you many of the features of the apps they use. This can help teens feel more comfortable talking about these apps.
COMMUNICATE YOUR LOVE
Communicate with your children that you want what is best for them. Assure them that no matter the situation they find themselves in, that you are there for them. This can increase their willingness to bring forward their concerns to you.
Be quick to listen. Give children the time and opportunity to speak what is on their mind and what they are thinking without interrupting them. Work together to solve issues that bother your children rather than problem-solving for them.
TALK ABOUT FEELINGS
Encourage your child to voice their feelings. This can help create a pattern of bringing their thoughts, feelings, and concerns to you as they grow older.
RESPECT AND DIGNITY
Promote and maintain your child's dignity. If they disclose a concern to you, respect that it may not have been easy for them to do so. Create a trusting relationship with your child.
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