As technology evolves and becomes more prevalent in our daily lives, it is important to understand the impacts of teen digital dating violence and the resources available for caregivers and anti-violence workers who support them.
Digital Dating Violence means physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence that occurs between dating partners via texting, social media, and related online mediums. This term is also known as, and will be used interchangeably with, technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV).
This toolkit provides anti-violence workers and caregivers supporting teens through their experiences of digital dating violence with information, tips, handouts, and resources from Women’s Shelters Canada and other organizations.
What is Teen Digital Dating Violence?
Supporting Teens: Tools for Anti-Violence Workers
Technology safety planning should always be done in tandem with safety planning for other aspects of a survivor’s life. Online violence and offline violence are interconnected; it is vital to consider the non-technology-related risks that may be associated with technology safety planning. This section offers anti-violence workers suggestions on how to support teens experiencing digital dating violence as well as safer use of technology suggestions and a tech safety planning checklist to incorporate into safety plans.
Violence Is Preventable (video series), Victoria Women’s Transition House Society
What’s the Deal: Activity Book Grade 7/8 (PDF), Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Its a Big Deal: Activity Book Grade 9/12 (PDF), Canadian Centre for Child Protection
It’s Your Body, It’s Your Image, Take Back Control (video), Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Teen Digital Dating Violence: Information for Caregivers
Being a parent or caregiver of someone in an abusive dating relationship is hard. Add technology abuse to your teen’s situation and this can heighten fear and frustration especially if you are unfamiliar with technology. This section provides helpful information to caregivers supporting teens through digital dating violence.
How to Help Your Teen Recognize Unhealthy Online Relationships, Canadian Women’s Foundation
The Importance of Seeking Support, Need Help Now
Parenting in an Online World, The White Hatter
Self/Peer Exploitation: What Parents Need to Know, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Self/Peer Exploitation: Family Resource Guide, Need Help Now
Trauma and Youth who Have Experienced Online Exploitation (PDF), Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Sexual Exploitation And Trafficking Of Children & Youth In Canada A Prevention And Early Intervention Toolkit For Parents, Children of the Street Society
Steps You Can Take to Remove Pictures off the Internet (PDF), Need Help Now
DIY Cybersecurity for Domestic Violence, HACK*BLOSSOM
5-Minute Parenting Guide to Catfishing (PDF), The Tech-Savvy Parent
The information provided here is designed to help you better understand the legal options related to experiences of Teen Digital Dating Violence. These resources provide general legal information; legal advice or representation must come from a lawyer. If you are looking for more legal information, check out our Legal Remedies Toolkit.