SHAPE America health education (HE) Twitter chats include various panelists of preK-12 and higher education health educators as well as other HE stakeholders. They cover a variety of topics in the profession, offer ideas, activities and best practices grounded in a skills-based approach to teaching.

We invite you to take a look at the questions before the chat and chime in using hashtag #SHAPEHealthEd.

Next Chat: February 3rd, 9 PM Eastern
Addressing Abuse in Teen Dating Relationships in #healthed Panelists: Dr. Lauren Reed (@LaurenA_Reed), Maria Schneider (@Marstar21), & TBA


Q1: How pervasive is teen dating violence in our communities and throughout the US?

Q2: In what ways can teen dating violence impact youth and their families?

Q3: What do you believe educators can do, or what do you do in the classroom, to address teen dating violence?

Q4: What are some common myths or misperceptions about teen dating violence?

Q5: How can an individual’s mental health complicate their ability to seek help in a situation of teen dating violence?

Q6: Does social media play a part in dating violence? Can you share any strategies for educating our students on this topic?

Q7: How can we help an abuser in a situation of teen dating violence? Are there organizations or community groups that offer help?

Q8: How can we teach students about the role of a friend/bystander who witnesses or has knowledge of an abusive relationship?  Key ideas we should convey? Safety plan for ending the relationship?

Q9: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (#TDVAM). Are their any lessons, activities or resources you can share that address this topic with #youth?

Panelists Bio:

Dr. Lauren Reed (@LaurenA_Reed)
Lauren Reed, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on dating and sexual abuse prevention among youth, and more specifically, “digital dating abuse,” or the use of social media and mobile phones as a context for abuse. She completed her MSW in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Youth, her Masters in Developmental Psychology, and her PhD in Social Work and Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Reed did her postdoctoral training at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Center for School-Based Youth Development, where she led evaluations of community-based youth programs in schools and juvenile detention. Dr. Reed has worked with adolescent and adult survivors of dating and domestic violence and has facilitated community-based youth-led programs that support youth to end relationship violence and promote equity in their communities. Her most recent work focuses on re-imagining healthy relationships education. 

Mrs. Maria Schneider (@Marstar21)
Maria Schneider is a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School in Ohio. Maria is the 2019 OAHPERD Health Education Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Schneider also coaches gymnastics and is a Fuel Up to Play 60 MVP Award winner.

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