“Parents need to know that there are summits available [like the Partnership Against Domestic Violence Teen Summit] where they and their kids can come in and get information,” said Sharon (who didn't want her last name used), a parent who took part in the annual PADV summit, mother of Shakire who attends South Gwinnett High.

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As a teen, I can tell you that parents and dating don’t go hand-in-hand but — what if you were in an abusive relationship? This is sometimes due to the age and experience difference between teen and parent, and also the parent viewing the teen as a child and not a young adult.

“You never know how you’re going to react until you’re in a situation like that.” Paul Cunningham, another father of two teens, points out, “When you’re starting to date someone for the first time, everybody puts on their ‘best behavior’.” We never want to be with someone who causes us harm, but as Cunningham said, “You don’t know if someone has abusive tendencies until you get to know them better.” One of the reasons parents and teens don’t like to talk about dating or anything dealing with sex is because it creates an awkward vibe between parent and teen.

According to Loveis Respect, a national nonprofit resource aimed at empowering youth to prevent and end dating abuse, 81 percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue, or admit they don’t know it’s an issue, even though almost “1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.” “If she’s not comfortable telling me then it’s probably due to embarrassment,” said Cunningham. ’” Marva Cunningham said, imagining what her daughter might think.

“‘I know better.’” “If someone did approach her in a harmful manner, I think she would be comfortable coming to me or her father,” said Brown, but she can’t imagine the situation coming up.

“Parents do get scared and worried in a way that peers a lot of times don’t,” said Ehrhardt.

“When they talk to their peers, they may get someone who’s more understanding or just won’t make as big as a deal out of it.” Still, most of the parents I interviewed said they think their teens would tell them if they were in an abusive relationship.

“I don’t think she would be in an abusive relationship.” Each of the seven parents I talked to feel like their teens would have an open communication with them.

They also had advice for other parents and teens, and ideas about helpful resources.

But under the new law, children must be immunized against 10 serious communicable diseases if they want to attend public or private schools and child care centers.

If unvaccinated, children must be home schooled or enrolled in independent study with no classroom instruction.

“If my daughter was dating now, I think she would be comfortable telling me if she experienced some type of violence,” said Brown.