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Teen Guide to Healthy Dating

What Is Love? What Is Sex? (#109)

For young adults, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that love equals sex. At the same time that many teens are struggling to learn what it means to be in a healthy, intimate relationship, they are also bombarded by media messages implying that sex is the pinnacle of love. This program explores these issues: How does a person express love? What is an obsession? Is a sexual relationship a necessary part of being in love? How are feelings of self-worth connected to love and loss of love? By following actual teenage relationships as they develop and by interviewing young people about their feelings and experiences, students will gain insight into the complex issues of love and sex. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This new series is designed to help teens initiate, engage and sustain healthy relationships. Key dating topics covered include intimacy, sex, breaking up, communication, the role of the media, dating violence, and rape. After viewing the programs, teens will better understand the elements of a healthy relationship and recognize the signs of a dangerous one.

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  • Dating for Real: What Do You Want (#101)

    The program illustrates how gender stereotypes, reinforced in the media, get in the way of true intimacy and connection. It captures student attention by showing a horror movie parody called, 'What They Gave For Love,' which focuses on the body parts (such as brains!) girls have to give up to get a boyfriend. Through interviews with youth, the video emphasizes the importance of being true to oneself to best connect with others. [21 minutes]

  • Dating for Real: Lets Talk About Sex (#102)

    Young people discuss their values and attitudes about intimacy, sex and dating violence. They explain that communication is vital to building trust and intimacy. The pressure to have sex is discussed in candid exchanges with youth along with the importance of setting limits and communicating honestly. [19 minutes]

  • Dating for Real: Putting It Together (#103)

    This program emphasizes that love alone does not make a relationship work. A humorous vignette called 'Jamal's Blind Date,' reveals that a young man's dream date is really a robot who agrees with everything he says. Young people discuss the importance of working out anger and conflict in everyday situations. They also discuss their experiences with jealousy and conflict and how important establishing trust is. [23 minutes]

  • When Relationships Break (#104)

    This video features stories about breaking up from real teens in candid and sometimes heartbreaking interviews. A clinical psychologist helps your students understand what these feelings are all about and identifies some of the common stages that teens go through when they break up. Reassuring and comforting, the video and teacher’s guide will aid teens in handling the normal but often disruptive issues of romantic breakups. [29 minutes]

  • Dangerous Relationships (#105)

    Young people need clear, self-affirming guidelines to understand their choices when a relationship turns unhealthy or destructive. Through dramatizations, viewers see a “blueprint” of a young couple’s unhealthy relationship as it grows more intense. Topics include early danger signs such as irrational jealousy, violent outbursts, emotional manipulation, physical intimidation, and physical abuse. [29 minutes]

  • Rape: Get the Facts (#106)

    This documentary-style program presents the legal, medical, psychological and sociological facts about rape. Doctors, judges, social workers, detectives, victims’ rights advocates, self-esteem experts, and rape survivors all contribute information, perspective, and analysis of this crime. This video explains that “date rape” is just as much a crime as other sexual assaults. Information is provided about the links between drugs, alcohol, and rape. Specific, practical guidelines for how to protect against rape and date rape are presented. [22 minutes]

  • Dealing with Teen Dating Abuse (#107)

    The program chronicles the story of Megan, a high school freshman and her boyfriend Matthew. As their romance deepens, Matthew monopolizes Megan’s life, isolates her from her friends and activities, controls her clothing choices, criticizes her intelligence and eventually physically abuses her. At the same time, he repeatedly apologizes and proclaims his love. The viewer sees the story from three perspectives: Megan’s, Matthew’s, and also from the point of view of Megan’s best friend, Ana. [17 minutes]

  • Toxic Relationships (#108)

    Physical and emotional violence learned at an early age can become domestic violence later on. In this thought-provoking program, high school students discuss their experiences with disrespect, jealousy, obsessiveness, blaming and sexual abuse, as well as what a healthy relationship looks and feels like. Concluding with the early warning signs of 'toxic' relationships, the program encourages students to look for trust, respect, and acceptance from their dating partners. [31 minutes]

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