When risks related to technology use are brought up, many teenagers believe that this phenomenon does not apply to them. Instead of sharing your concerns in more general terms, try to engage in a discussion and critical thinking with your teen so they can be prepared to react safely should they encounter online sexual violence. This article details how you can help improve your teen’s safety skills, specifically by bringing them to recognize manipulation tactics often used by individuals with malicious intent. You can also read it together to help spark a discussion.

“They know that dangers exist, but they believe they’re safe. It’s an ongoing discussion in our home.” – Mother of a 12-year-old girl.