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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Solid site content includes 24-7 emotional support.

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This site features information for young people who are in abusive or otherwise unhealthy relationships and the people in their lives, including educators. A couple of items speak directly to abusers, including a page that addresses whether people who have been abusive in a relationship can change -- and how. The site does a good job of outlining some of the lesser-known and harder to recognize aspects of abuse, such as digital and financial abuse, which kids may not be completely familiar with. Kids get a lot of reassurance that their feelings and needs in a relationship are valid, and while much of the site addresses negative aspects that can occur, there's also a fair amount about what positive things kids can and should expect from a relationship, such as trust and respect.

The various sections don't supply an extremely academic or lengthy look at many of the topics that are discussed -- they're generally about a page long -- but they're informative. Kids may be frustrated to find a number of broken links on the site, such as the Printable Quizzes header. Within the Relationships 101 section, items referenced in the text that should lead to other areas on the site instead take you to a "Nothing Found" page on the National Domestic Violence Hotline's website. But kids can usually find the intended page to access the information through one of the drop-down menus on loveisrespect. Some information is presented in differing formats -- such as the advocacy-oriented abuse warning sign cards kids can print and hand out, and the Power and Control Wheel, where kids can click on a spoke to learn more about a form of abuse. But the ability to talk to a live person 24 hours a day alone makes loveisrespect a notable resource for teens who are concerned about their relationship -- and the other materials can certainly help them get a better understanding of what to expect and what to question when dating someone.

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