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We extend our sincerest appreciation to Principal Chad Roland and Assistant Principal Michael Cardamone, for granting us the opportunity to address parents during the Kiski Area High School freshmen orientation.

A survey of teens (ages 15-18), tweens (ages 11-14), and their parents conducted by Teen Research Unlimited and Liz Claiborne found that most parents were surprisingly unaware of their children’s dating lives. Fifty-four percent of parents felt they knew ‘a lot’ about their tween’s dating habits, while only 35 percent of tweens agreed that their parents knew ‘a lot.’ Parents were also unaware of the amount of dating abuse that goes on in schools.

Being alert to the warning signs of teen abuse is critical. We are hopeful that by sharing Demi’s story, her message was received loud and clear!