Even if you've never been bullied or harassed, chances are you know someone who has. Harassment can be a big problem for kids and teens, especially when smartphones, online messaging, and social media sites make it easy for bullies to do their thing. When bullying behavior involves unwanted sexual comments, suggestions, advances, or threats to another person, it's called sexual harassment or sexual bullying. Here's what you need to know and what you can do if you or someone you care about is being sexually harassed or bullied.
How to talk to your teen about sexual harassment at school and work
Preparing Your Teen for the Possibility of Sexual Harassment
Voted No. Visit our HelpChat Line. This needs to end now! You have control over your own bodies and have the right to say NO! Kids and teens you can no longer continue to keep quiet. When you report sexual harassment and abuse, you stop it for yourself and others!
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is the last thing I want to think about happening to my girls but sadly, it happens to most of us. Avoiding discussion with my girls will just leave them more vulnerable. In fact, the first time I was sexually harassed , I was younger than my girls are now. Sexual harassment is a behavior characterized by a person making unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances in a workplace, school or social situation. It can be done by a complete stranger or someone you know and can include a range of actions from saying something in poor taste and escalate all the way up to sexual assault. Have the hard conversation Teenagers sometimes are not clear what defines sexual harassment.
What are some examples of sexual harassment that happens to teens at school? We are all sexual beings, from the cradle to the grave. Even as infants and toddlers, it can help to learn some sexuality basics, such as the proper names for one's body parts.