Thus, they may be more likely to monitor boys’ activities, Tolman said.
For the study, published in the Journal of Adolescence, the team examined the impact of gender on 703 US high school students’ experience of digital dating abuse behaviours.
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They reported being more upset and had more negative emotional responses when faced with behaviours like “pressured to sext” (sending a sexual or naked photo), sent a threatening message, looked at private information to check up without permission and monitored whereabouts and activities.
Internet users have been warned to be careful when they seek dates online after a teenage schoolgirl was indecently assaulted and injured in a meeting with a 24-year-old man she met online.
Initial information showed the 16-year-old girl was threatened with a knife when she fought off the man in his flat at Tai Wo House in Wo Che Estate in Sha Tin at about 10.30am Thursday, a police source said.
Both girls and boys reported equal rates of digital monitoring and control, and digital direct aggression.
However, when confronted with direct aggression, such as threats and rumour spreading, girls were found to respond by blocking communication with their partner.