Why it's important to know who your teen is dating

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February is National Dating Violence Awareness Month. Students Against Destructive Decisions or SADD is raising awareness about the issue.

Is your teen in a violent or toxic relationship?

According to SADD CEO and President Rick Birt, parents should want to build a relationship with whoever their teen is dating because, whether the relationship is 3 hours, 3 days, or 3 months, they will have a formative role in your young person's life.

Unfortunately, many SADD chapters are started after a tragedy

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Shreen Shavkani, SADD National Student President, attends high school in metro Atlanta. According to Shavkani paying attention to social media is a way to help students that may be struggling in relationships. "We can see warning signs and if anything has changed we can reach out to them to see if they're okay." Birt and Shavkani say that for the students it's about knowing they're not alone and there's someone to help them.

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