While the immediate impact might be humiliation and/or physical pain, young people who experience abuse are more likely to be in physical fights or bring weapons to school.
They might exhibit higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse as well as high-risk sexual behaviors.
Students go around during school worrying more about if they look "hot" or if the boy/girl they are crushing on is noticing them. Students focus more on what's going on in their personal life with their relationship and cannot focus on their school work.
All day, all you think about is if you guys are going to be okay, and what is going to happen. I know it's extremely hard to focus but you just have to try.
From pornography to merely surfing the web, the Internet is clearly the television of the 21st century, an electronic drug that often yanks us away from the physical world.
Like any addiction, the real cost, for those of us who are truly addicted, is to the number and quality of our relationships with others.
Talk to your teen about how real life dates don't mimic what might be seen in the movies.
ISOLATION Much has been written about the dangers of Internet addiction.
Photo: Steve Keys Email, Twitter, Facebook, My Space, You Tube, Delicious, Digg, Linked In, blogs (of course), and scores of others—all part of the new and wonderful ways we can now connect with one another electronically, each with its own culture and unique set of rules.
In one sense, the planet has never been more interconnected.
A teen does not learn how to date in the classroom and most likely has only picked up on some of the basics, like respecting someone’s personal space, at home.
But without experience in a romantic relationship, teens don't know what to expect.