TEENS, UT Teen Health

Dating: What Every Teen Should Know

As a teen, you may face many situations where others are encouraging you to do something that is risky, illegal or unhealthy. Coming up with a strategy before you face tough decisions makes it easier to stand up for what you believe.

  • Know where you stand on key issues like sex drugs and alcohol and do not let anyone sway you from your position.
  • Make pacts with your friends to look out for each other. There is safety in numbers.
  • Make a teen safety plan and stick to it.
  • Practice your refusal skills. When in doubt just say no, plainly and firmly.

Teen Safety Plan

  • I will not go out alone, especially at night.
  • I will keep my cell phone with me and program it with emergency numbers.
  • Decide on a code word or phrase to use with friends and family to alert each other if you are in danger and need help immediately.
  • I will keep in touch with someone I trust about where I am or what I am doing.
  • No matter where I go, I will be aware of how to leave safely in case of an emergency.
  • I will leave if I feel uncomfortable in a situation, no matter what my friends are doing.
  • I will ask my friends to keep their cell phones with them when we go out in case we get separated and I need help.
  • I will spend time with people who make me feel safe, supported and good about myself.
  • I will call 911 if I feel my safety is at risk.