Raising Awareness about Teen Dating Violence
The Health classes at Pathways have been learning about the issue of "teen dating abuse" and the various kinds of abuse, such as, emotional, physical and digital abuse. Students now know all of the subtle warning signs in a relationship that could indicate an unhealthy or abusive relationship. They learned about the "Cycle of Abuse" and saw real stories of teens in abusive relationships. Students have explored the way they, themselves want to be treated in a dating relationship and the idea of setting boundaries in relationships. They have practiced what to say and what not to say when helping a friend in an abusive relationship. The Block 3 Health class has created bulletin boards and pamphlets, videos, slide shows, student surveys and announcements to educate the whole school as to this issue. The class will continue to work on the theme of healthy relationships by practicing communication skills and listening skills as well as understanding empathy and self-esteem.