Dating: What Every Teen Should Know
As a teen, you may face many situations where others are encouraging you to do something that is risky, illegal or unhealthy. Coming up with a strategy before you face tough decisions makes it easier to stand up for what you believe.
- Know where you stand on key issues like sex drugs and alcohol and do not let anyone sway you from your position.
- Make pacts with your friends to look out for each other. There is safety in numbers.
- Make a teen safety plan (link to Teen Safety Plan) and stick to it.
- Practice your refusal skills(link to Refusal Skills page). When in doubt just say no, plainly and firmly.
Teen Safety Plan
- I will not go out alone, especially at night.
- I will keep my cell phone with me and program it with emergency numbers.
- Decide on a code word or phrase to use with friends and family to alert each other if you are in danger and need help immediately.
- I will keep in touch with someone I trust about where I am or what I am doing.
- No matter where I go, I will be aware of how to leave safely in case of an emergency.
- I will leave if I feel uncomfortable in a situation, no matter what my friends are doing.
- I will ask my friends to keep their cell phones with them when we go out in case we get separated and I need help.
- I will spend time with people who make me feel safe, supported and good about myself.
- I will call 911 if I feel my safety is at risk.