The good news is that you, as a parent or caregiver, can play a major role in preventing teen dating violence.
Dating violence is a type of domestic violence that happens between people in a close relationship.
It's an efficient way for people who are interested in finding a special someone to meet a large number of people quickly in a safe environment.
Plus, the speed meeting icebreaker enables your participants to succeed.
Even your shyest or most uncomfortable participant can manage to talk with another person for two minutes.
When two people express a shared interest in each other, they then have the opportunity to exchange contact information and further pursue the relationship on their own terms.
To have a positive speed dating experience, you can prepare ahead of time, know what to expect, and present yourself well to your dates.
When your participants don’t know each other, ask them to number off by one and two; half of your participants become ones and the second half become twos.
Ask all of the people who are ones to introduce themselves to the person sitting directly across the table who is numbered a two.
This gives people who are speed meeting a bit of privacy.
Sitting at tables all over the room (or just in two chairs) is preferred so the murmur of the conversations does not interfere with the participants' ability to hear.
Sometimes, however, your room setup won't allow this.
In that case, you then ask participants numbered one to introduce themselves to a two sitting kitty corner from them, and so on until all of the ones and twos have had a chance to meet.
One in four adolescents reports physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse by a dating partner each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).