Youth Activism & Technology

Fall is an exciting time at Break the Cycle; we are busy helping youth activists complete their summer projects and begin new projects for the school year. This year our youth activists raised the bar of innovation by using technology to raise awareness of teen dating violence.

Is your Teen Staying Safe Online?

The ever-growing popularity of online communities like MySpace and Facebook are raising concerns and eyebrows of parents everywhere, like a California couple whose teenage daughter developed a relationship online with a much older man.

When Kristen’s mother discovered that she had been talking romantically with a man on MySpace, she confiscated her computer and denied her internet privileges, hoping their relationship would end. However, Kristen continued to speak with him using computers outside of her home.

Tips for Parents : Talking to Teens About Dating Violence

Family Circle magazine’s June 2007 edition courageously tackles the difficult issue of what a parent can do to help a child experiencing dating violence.

Contributing writer Richard Laliberte interviewed experts for the article including Break the Cycle’s director of national programs, Liza Lorenz who offered this advice: "Parents need to talk to young teens about what a healthy relationship is, what an abusive relationship is and how to tell the difference."

Break the Cycle also suggests concerned parents should:

Break the Cycle Featured by XM and Lifetime

During the month of April, Lifetime Television and Take5 on XM 155, a women’s talk and lifestyle channel, are partnering to stop violence against women.

This year, Lifetime’s campaign features a new Lifetime original movie, A Life Interrupted, the story of rape-survivor Debbie Smith, who helped change the law to better protect fellow victims. The movie re-airs Saturday, April 28 at 9PM Eastern.

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