"My sense is that kids are just learning about dating...I think this is awkward and uncomfortable and new for them," she said. They may only be boyfriend and girlfriend on Facebook." In high schools, nearly 10 percent of students nationwide reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past 12 months, survey authors said, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."Society doesn't think about these behaviors happening among middle schoolers," Shari Miller, lead researcher at RTI International, which conducted the survey, told Reuters, describing the results as "definitely alarming"."We don't even think about them dating, never mind experiencing dating violence," she added.
Moreover, while only 7 percent of students strongly agreed it was acceptable for a boy to hit his girlfriend under certain circumstances, half agreed that it was okay for a girl to do so.
“Thank God I don’t have to worry about that.”In my work with middle schoolers and their parents, I’ve found that most kids and adults don’t believe dating violence is an issue for kids this young.
For many, the term dating violence brings to mind Rhianna and Chris Brown. It’s easy to think that your smart, educated, and beloved middle school children would never find themselves in that situation.
Middle school is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for self-respect.
Self-respect can inoculate teens from this dangerous situation later in high school.