Binge watching. Who doesn’t love having a weekend with an empty calendar, your favorite snacks, and your most beloved TV series queued up? Unfortunately, if you’re not careful, the series ends, withdrawal hits, and life as you know it is over. You were not prepared and now that the hysteria has set in, you’re beyond hope of finding a solution… So you start the series over. No shame, it happens to us all.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Last week we talked about “What Is Child Sex Trafficking?” You read it, right? Next week we’ll be addressing parents and how they can watch out for their kids. This week, we want to talk to the teens. As a teenager, how can you watch out for yourself? How can you keep from becoming one of the hundreds of thousands of girls who are sex trafficked in America each year?
Romeo pimps are very tricky and therefore difficult to protect yourself against. They will tell you what you want to hear and make you believe that your life will be perfect if you just trust them. You don’t know it’s a lie until it’s too late. But you can prepare. You can make yourself stronger against anyone’s manipulation. Make these 6 tips your life line. These should be a habit that you practice with every guy who wants to be in your life. If he can’t pass these 6 tests, you can do so much better.
Instincts. If a person or situation feels wrong, it probably is. It’s better to find out later that you were mistaken than to find out the painful way that you were right. Don’t become a missing teen statistic because you were afraid to listen to the little voice in your head that said, “I really don’t think this is a good idea”.
Trust the Wise. Whether you like them or not, whether you’re mad at them at the moment or not, you know who the grown-ups in your life are that have your best interests at heart. Yes, you hate it when they just don’t understand how important your social life is, but stop and think before you run out the door. Give them the benefit of the doubt for a minute. Deep down, do you think they may be right? That you shouldn’t see that guy? Or you shouldn’t go to that party? Trust them.
Age Gap. Guys who are supposed to date teenage girls are other teenagers – not grown men. Just don’t. A grown man who wants to date a teenage girl has nothing good on his mind. Stick to guys your age – I don’t care how envious your friends would be for dating an older guy.
Showers of… Love? Gifts within reason are fantabulous. But you want to watch out for the guy who does nothing but buy you things. Don’t let him buy your love – he’s gotta earn that by loving everything about you.
Meet My Folks. If he wants to be your guy, make him meet your family, your friends, those people in your life who have your back. Any guy who wants to be with you needs to pass the test with the most trusted people in your life (and no, I don’t mean showing him off to your besties to make them super jealous). If he doesn’t want to meet them, send him packing – this guy is no good.
Safety in Numbers. If someone makes you nervous, don’t keep it to yourself. Tell a trusted adult. Enlist the support of friends, family, or the police.
If you’re still waiting for another show to binge watch, check out http://teensontrafficking.org/ for tips, resources, and info that you might find helpful and inspiring.
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