Digital dating abuse is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behaviour is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online.
In a healthy relationship, all communication is respectful, whether in person, online or by phone. It is never OK for someone to do or say anything that makes you feel bad, lowers your self-esteem or manipulates you. You may be experiencing digital abuse if your partner:
- tells you who you can or can’t be friends with on Facebook and other sites;
- sends you negative, insulting or even threatening emails, Facebook messages, tweets, DMs or other messages online;
- uses sites like Facebook, Twitter and others to keep constant tabs on you;
- puts you down in their status updates;
- sends you unwanted, explicit pictures and demands you send some in return;
- pressures you to send explicit video;