Inundated with news and information, how do teens learn about relationships in this modern era.Â Radiant Futures spent the month of February sharing tips about healthy relationships directed at teens. The campaigns focused on what we want in a relationship instead of what we donâ€™t.
Now letâ€™s talk about how Media influences our relationships. Â Movies, television, news, social media provide a â€œguideâ€ to relationships for millennials and their younger counterparts.Â Mixed up messages are as clear as positive messaging. Just this month Playboy has ceased nude photographs but reports its focus is to engage a younger audience. Teens may not be their intended target but with the change in structure younger and younger youth are swayed by media.Â This brand has influenced society since 1953. Not to mention the mainstream media sharing endless accounts of Sports Heroes like baseball star Aroldis Chapman or the revisited OJ Simpson case lends the story to continue. A few weeks back here in Orange County a car chase ensued after a domestic violence incident that led police between counties. House of Cards returned to Netflix last week with a â€œdreamâ€ scene of domestic violence between the president and first lady. These images are prevalent and are the norm in media today. Not to mention social mediaâ€™s impact on the relationship.
Our prevention programs are focusing on how we help teens and young adults learn how to be in a positive relationship. What is appropriate in a relationship and what should not be the norm. We follow the Love is Respect campaign.Â Working with schools, after school programs, parents and youth, our message is LOVE. But what is love: Trust, Boundaries, Sharing experience but letting each other have our own interests, building someone up and not down.
Letâ€™s work together to teach our children what love is and end domestic violence.
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March 8, 2016 Gigi Tsontos, LCSW MPA,Â Executive Director of Womenâ€™s Transitional Living Center, Inc firstname.lastname@example.org 714-992-1939×106
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