But she says this information would have been helpful at a much younger age."I think people tend to romanticize jealousy in a way that can lead people to think that their toxic relationship is a normal thing," she said.In high school, Paquet says the topic of relationships only came up in her final year, Secondary 5 when most students are 16 or 17 years old."I would have liked to learn about this as early as Secondary 2, maybe Secondary 1," she said, when students are around 12 to 14 years of age."You're exposed to relationships at a very young age so I think probably the second you're exposed to it, or start noticing it, is the time you should realize what is a good relationship and what is a bad relationship," she said.Dating violence is an intentional act of violence (whether physical, sexual or emotional) by one partner in a dating relationship.It is an abuse of power where one person tries to take control over another person.
No physical injury needs to occur for something to be considered harassment. Experiencing violence in relationships during the teenage years can also lead to experiences of further violence in their adult life; some reports suggest that teenaged victims may be up to 3 times more likely to be victimized in their adult lives.If we work together, we can help our kids beat the odds, and stay safe in their relationships.Anuradha Dugal is the Director of Violence Prevention Programs at the Canadian Women’s Foundation.Ask them what their friends are saying, what they’re watching online, and what they see in movies and video games.If your local high school doesn’t offer a Healthy Relationship program, ask them to start one.As one teen said after participating: “It’s like you see the world differently.