Curriculum for Teachers
The Teen Alert Program offers free presentations to schools, community groups, and service providers throughout the state of Hawai'i.
Below are various ways that TAP addresses dating violence with students. We think it's important to address teen dating and domestic violence with all students, so we've included some resources and tips for talking about the issue. Please consider using these ideas/resources in your own classrooms and contact TAP to come talk more in depth with your students!
There is an alarming rate of dating and domestic violence in the state of Hawai’i.
When adults and teens are more aware of the high rates of abuse in Hawai'i, they’ll likely be more invested in addressing dating violence and seeking out resources for themselves, family, and friends.
Some statistics of Teen Dating Violence:
The Teen Alert Program frequently uses skits as part of our prevention and education services. They are a useful tool to discuss the dynamics of power and control in an abusive dating relationship. Ask students to write their own skits or provide material for students to perform. An example skit with discussion questions is provided below for your use. It's important to be inclusive of all relationships; dating abuse happens at the same rate in same-sex relationships.
Possible topics for Skits:
• Warning signs of an unhealthy relationship
• What does a healthy relationship look like
• How to be a supportive friend/bystander/family member
• Power and control tactics
• Types of Abuse - focus on one or several
Videos are a great resource for educating teens about dating and domestic violence. Some videos are based on true stories, where survivors’ talk about their own hardship and struggles from abuse. Other videos examine the issue of dating violence from a gender-based perspective, thereby addressing how dating and domestic violence are considered to be gender-based crimes.
When using videos, be sure to disclaim any unsettling imagery and/or language, as these visual elements can trigger trauma for survivors of abuse.
Remember, some students may be currently or have
been previously involved with an abusive relationship.
Videos can be used to address some of the subtler points of dating violence. With videos, students can safely talk about abuse by addressing the characters seen in the film, rather than discussing personal stories or experiences.
Videos are also a great way to process how dating and domestic violence are considered to be gender-based crimes. Advertisements, movies, reality shows and other short clips can be used to examine how gender roles and stereotypes become normalized in popular culture.
Below is an example of a gender-based commercial, and some sample questions used to process the video with students.
- In what ways does this commercial normalize violence?
- What did we see in this advertisement?
- What product was the commercial selling?
- How would you interpret the back-story to this commercial?
- What kind of response do you expect when viewing this commercial?
There are many ways to use group work to educate teens about dating abuse. In our presentations we often use scenario cards, worksheets, and our pamphlet/workbook (which you can find on this page under 'downloadable content') in groups to initiate meaningful discussions. We encourage you to come up with your own material. Search our website for ideas! We have also provided you with an example below.
Social Media is a great way to engage teens around the issue of dating violence. The Teen Alert Program uses Instagram for contests and campaigns to encourage teens to take initiative. One way you can ask your students to spread awareness is through our iPledgeSelfie campaign. By posting selfies on their own social media accounts and linking people back to the Teen Alert Program, they are educating others. You can find links to all of our social media accounts at the top of our website.
Ideas to engage students on social media:
- Create an assignment that requires students to post something educational or thought provoking about teen dating violence on their own accounts
- Hold a contest asking students to post a creative photo or video about the issue. Winners could be based on most ‘shares’ or ‘likes’ on their accounts or through a class vote
- Create your own social media campaign or require students to come up with ideas for a campaign to spread awareness online
Another way in which TAP addresses the issue of teen dating and domestic violence is through the use of art and other creative means. This can help students discuss dating violence and advocate for raised awareness on their campuses.
Some of the various art projects TAP has used in the past:
Poster-Making: Create a dynamic message to examine dating and domestic violence. Your poster can focus on any of the following:
- Healthy vs. Unhealthy relationships
- Types of Abuse and Warning Signs
- Bystander awareness
- Resources for victims of dating violence
- Call-To-Action for various campus-based dating violence prevention events
Collage: Create an image that challenges popular misconceptions about abusive relationships or gender roles. Use imagery, text, advertisements or messages from magazines or other printed material.
Music: Find a song that normalizes violence or gender stereotypes and rewrite the lyrics to be healthier. Record your song and post to YouTube!
Poetry: Write a poem about healthy relationships, types of abuse, or how to be an effective bystander. Ask to share your poem on the school intercom to spread awareness!
Cartooning: Draw a scene of characters involved in a healthy relationship, a friend offering support and resources, or a teen choosing to change his/her violent tendencies.