A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about relationship elements such as abuse, respect, conflict resolution -- and utilizing emotional skills. Materials suggest it's a good idea to be empathetic, supportive, willing to compromise in relationships -- actions that can also help in nonromantic ones. Kids can find out factors that indicate a relationship isn't positive, how different types of abuse are defined, how to handle a negative situation. Touches on elements such as self-expression and communication, trust, and confidence.
Solid advice about relationship aspects such as importance of communication, along with realistic look at abuse risks.
Violence & Scariness
In a tasteful, constructive way, touches on physical and emotional abuse that can occur in relationships.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Educational information outlines what actions constitute sexual abuse in dating.
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Products & Purchases
Has information about how to donate to the organization, but kids won't get bombarded with requests to give money.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that loveisrespect is a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a nonprofit organization that provides information and support for victims of abuse. The loveisrespect website is geared toward young adults and provides information about signs that can indicate that a relationship is abusive and some insight on how to address the situation. Kids can also access resources such as free confidential phone, live chat, and texting services, and the site offers numerous written materials, such as quizzes, downloadable bookmarks, posters, and other items, and educational brochures on topics ranging from financial abuse to setting boundaries in relationships.
Is It Any Good?
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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