Channell said no one besides the teen and their parents should have access to any of their social media passwords.
“Healthy social media can be difficult to measure because you have schools now that give kids laptops and iPads,” she said. “Teens sometimes feel like they’re trapped in their situation.”
Moore said one of their goals is to be able to speak to the parents of teens.
“I think parents are becoming scared of their children,” she said. “We’re seeing more and more teens abusing their parents than we ever have. This is just a total change in society. We want to encourage the parents.”
According to statistics from BOH, 82 percent of parents feel confident they could recognize signs of their children’s abuse but 58 percent could not correctly identify all of the warning signs.
It was a recent award, the Teen Empowerment Award by the Indianapolis Professionals Association late last year, that sparked the fast track of this program focused on teens.
“That gave us a sign that this is the direction we need to focus on,” Moore said. “So we hadn’t even launched the program, but it became very clear to us that this is what we are supposed to do.”
Those who feel they may be in an abusive relationship are encouraged to call BOH’s crisis line at 731-6140. More information about the center and the program may be found online at www.beaconofhopeindy.org.