Digital dating abuse is the use of technology such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. This behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetuated online. It is never okay or right for someone to say anything that makes you feel bad, or manipulates you, even through digital platforms. If you answer yes to any of the behaviors listed below, you are experiencing digital abuse and should reach out for support.
Does Your Dating Partner:
- Send you negative and threatening emails or posts?
- Tell you who you can or cannot be friends with online?
- Insists on wanting your passwords?
- Text or call you repetitively?
- Track where you are on location tags on social media?
- Send you unwanted and inappropriate pictures (while expecting some in return)?
- Tag you in unfriendly pictures on all social media platforms?
- Constantly look through your phone for check-ups, pictures, messages and calls?
Staying safe on social media is critical for anyone dealing with an abusive relationship. Protect your personal information and photos. Be sure to not say anything online that you wouldn’t in person. It is easier to express yourself when you are not face-to-face, but online communication can have negative effects and consequences. You can always report inappropriate behavior to the site administrators. Digitally abusive behavior is unacceptable and is considered illegal in certain situations.
Stay Safe By:
- Keeping passwords private.
- Only post things you feel comfortable with people knowing and seeing.
- Be protective of your personal information such as, your phone number, address and where you go to school.
- Do not post or say anything online that you would not say in person — this can lead to negative consequences.
- Set boundaries and tell your friends what they can and cannot post about you.
You never deserve to be abused online. Remember that your partner should respect relationship boundaries. If you feel you are struggling with a relationship that involves digital dating abuse, talk with a trusted friend or family member, a school counselor or connect with an advocate. Please call our 24-Hour Safe+Sound Domestic Abuse Hotline for information on what steps to take to further your online safety.