How to Combat Digital Dating Abuse

By KBJR News 1

February 28, 2013 Updated Feb 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM CDT

One in three children have been cyber bullied. Being Teased, tormented, and harassed through social media, texts, and email is all too common.

Maude Dornfeld of Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women is giving a special presentation about cyber bullying and digital dating abuse at Amberwing next week.

Dornfeld came on KBJR 6 and Range 11 News Today to preview her presentation and give some tips about how to avoid and respond to cyber bullying.

"Digital dating abuse is very common among teenagers. About one in four teenagers experience this form of abuse," says Dornfeld.

Digital dating abuse is when romantic partners use technology to harass or control their boyfriend or girlfriend.

Also a common issue these days is sexting.

Dornfeld says "Snap Chat" is a common new technology that teens are using to sext, or send inapporpriate photos of sexual manner. She says teens often feel safe because the messages disappear shortly after being sent. But Maude warns that anything created digitally is out there permanently.

She also says partners are more frequently giving away their social media passwords, which can cause conflict and harassment in their relationships.

Dornfeld will delve into prevention tips at a special presentation Tuesday, March 5 at Amberwing. Amberwing is located at

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and costs $15.