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The study examined 4,400 responses from 11- to 18-year-old students in one school district in the southern U. The study's authors say this is one of the first attempts to quantify how often digital dating abuse is occurring among teens."It may be checking her text and pictures to make sure she's not texting with any other boys," explains Sameer Hinduja, co-founder of the Cyberbullying Research Center and associate professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University.
Jennings said social networking, which can connect hundreds and thousands of students, gives the abusive partner more leverage.Teens can call in for help at the hot line and web site "Love is Respect.." Allyson Pereira also continues raising awareness about digital dating abuse.She recently graduated from community college with a degree in elementary education.The abuse online and through cell phones can sometimes turn into physical violence, she warned.Since digital abuse does not leave physical marks on their children, parents may be clueless about the abuse.In fact, this study showed that boys are more likely to be victims: about 5 percent of boys and 3 percent of girls had a romantic partner upload or share a humiliating photograph online.
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of education for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, says digital dating abuse is becoming a more frequent problem among teens.
In some instances, the victims, usually teenage girls, receive as many as 40 texts a day with negative messages from their partner.
"She is required to keep her cell phone on all day, all night and be receptive," Murray explains.
(CNN) -- There were no scars, no bruises to indicate the abuse Allyson Pereira, a 16-year-old high school sophomore in New Jersey, had suffered. She said he gave her an offer: Text him a naked picture of herself, and he would get back together with her. Pereira, who was featured in the MTV anti-digital dating abuse campaign, "A Thin Line," in December, has been speaking out against the growing problem of digital dating abuse among teens.
Her emotional pain was caused by her high school boyfriend, who blitzed her with cruel comments via instant messages, e-mails and My Space, calling her ugly and accusing her of cheating. Pereira, now 21, regrets sending her boyfriend the topless picture that was subsequently forwarded to other students in her high school. In the MTV documentary, Pereira's parents and friends also warned about the consequences of sexting photos like the one that caused Pereira such pain.
She never expected the image would be spread like wildfire. "Someone actually came to me and said 'You're Ally. A new study released this week finds more youths are using their tech gadgets and social media to abuse each other in romantic relationships.