Tackling dating violence in middle school

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  • county mom Monroe, UT
    June 5, 2012 7:59 p.m.

    Please teach your children!
    Children under the age of 16 are not mentally prepared for dating. About the age of 16 is when girls stop believing in prince charming and start becoming cynical. They stop believing everything they are told and begin to question others, including authority figures, and they start seeing the boys in their schools and neighborhoods as "boys".
    This could be a dangerous time also but if the children are taught at a young age, well before middle school, they will protect themselves and avoid the situations that can get them hurt.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    June 5, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    This is a natural outcome in a society where structure, discipline, and accountability are not at all popular, let alone enforced. Kids are too often given the idea that THEY are the ones to design the boundaries, and consequently there are few boundaries whatsoever. Years ago, you might be hesitant to start something because you couldn't be exactly sure who would end it or how it would end--but you were pretty sure there would be consequences. Nowadays, it's chaos and catch-as-catch-can, and people often never learn the basics until they've squandered their opportunities.

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    June 5, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    I presume someone at DN chose this particular picture to accompany an article about dating violence. A picture of young women scantily dressed bending forward to show more cleavage. Are we supposed to draw a conclusion about that?

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    June 5, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    teach your daughers jujitsu. It does not require alot of physical strengh. it is based upon close quarters contact. And they can completely disable an attacker, or even knock them out. not lethal unless the girl will not let go after the person passes out.
    perfect martial arts for girls.