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New mobile app educates parents on teen dating issues


The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence has launched a new mobile app designed to give parents of teens and preteens advice on how to best discuss topics around communication and relationships.

The Raising Respect app, available on both Apple and Android devices, navigates topics such as

 

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Mindful Parenting
  • Sex and Pregnancy
  • Drugs, Alcohol, and Relationships
  • Relationships in Media
  • Gender and Sexual Orientation
  • Communication
  • Social Media and Cellphones
  • Self-care for Parents
  • Self-care for Adolescents

The app is designed to encourage parents to begin conversations with their children before they start dating and forming relationships outside the home and help parents navigate what can be delicate topics. It includes articles written by professionals in the field of domestic violence and prevention and includes tips on how to approach conversations with your teen.

It allows users to be notified when new articles are published in the app. You can also send questions to PCADV staff, and record your thoughts, impressions, reactions, successes, and failures within the app.

“Without open lines of communication, it can be difficult for parents to know what their sons or daughters are experiencing in their relationships,” PCADV Deputy Director Ellen Kramer said. “This app will not only prepare parents to discuss sensitive subjects such as physical violence and sexual abuse, but it can help build the foundation for enjoying a lifetime of healthy relationships.”

Learn more at www.raisingrespectapp.org. Raising Respect was developed through a grant from the Heinz Foundation.

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