According to preliminary findings from the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence, the number of young people between ages 12-18 who are involved with adolescent dating abuse are disturbingly high.
A 2013 study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago was designed to identify rates of adolescent relationship violence that take place in person or through electronic means, in public or in private, and between current or past dating partners.
For the 17th consecutive year, a group of faculty in the Michigan State University Department of Advertising and Public Relations provided a listing of the 10 “best” Super Bowl commercials based on creativity, production and overall quality.
Shining the light on commercials can provide an opportunity for young people and the adults in their lives to look beyond the production and quality values used by marketers.
First and foremost, be willing to have ongoing conversations with kids (starting when they’re young) about the qualities of healthy, loving and respectful relationships compared with those that are abusive and unhealthy.
These kinds of interactions can help young people develop important media literacy skills.As you take this journey, also keep in mind the importance of doing your own self-focus and reflection related to understanding and challenging media messages.Michigan State University Extension provides opportunities for adults to learn more about these issues – including ways that media messages are linked to issues of bullying, bias and harassment.Chances are that most of these young people are trying to figure out how to navigate romantic relationships – an important aspect of their development as they move toward adulthood.Unfortunately, there’s a significant possibility that many of these young people are involved with dating relationships that are abusive and unhealthy.
For example, girls who more frequently consume or engage with mainstream media content are more likely to endorse sexual stereotypes that portray women as sexual objects.