One in 10 teens reported they received a threatening cell phone message from their romantic partner, according to new results from the Cyberbullying Research Center, a research group dedicated to tracking bullying behaviors online among youth.
Abusive teens may also exert their control by preventing their partners from using technology, experts say.
The humiliation can be lasting for a teenager, said Parry Aftab, founder of the internet bullying advocacy group, Wired Safety.
Liz Claiborne Inc., a major women's clothing company, is addressing digital dating abuse.Teens can call in for help at the hot line and web site "Love is Respect.." Allyson Pereira also continues raising awareness about digital dating abuse.Jennings said social networking, which can connect hundreds and thousands of students, gives the abusive partner more leverage.With access to so many friends online, the abuser can post a damaging message online about their significant other or make threats to do so.To combat digital dating abuse, several organizations have launched campaigns to educate teenage girls and boys about the damaging consequences of digital dating abuse.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund is working with the Department of Justice to release a series of public service announcements in their "That's Not Cool" campaign, which encourages teens to be more watchful of their digital relationship behavior.
Other times, the abuser may violate their partner's privacy by breaking into their e-mail or checking their phone.
The abusive teens may also monitor their partners' behaviors on social media sites such as Facebook and My Space.
She recently graduated from community college with a degree in elementary education.
Therapy and time has helped her move past the digital abuse she endured.
"It may be checking her text and pictures to make sure she's not texting with any other boys," explains Sameer Hinduja, co-founder of the Cyberbullying Research Center and associate professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University.