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Dating & Friends

Teens have to make choices about their sexual health, how to deal with peer pressure, and possibly bullying or dating violence. Learn more to help you make your decisions.

  • Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 confidential texting available for all teens in NYC through Crisis Text Line (CTL): TEXT “GO” TO 741-741.

teen faceIt's in the news now, but that hasn't stopped it from happening. Learn about bullying and cyberbullying and what you can do if you or a friend is being bullied.

Dating Violence
teen faceIf you or someone you know is dating someone who is violent and hits you or their partner, learn more about what you can do to protect yourself from dating violence.

Peer Pressure
teen faceYou want to fit in, but you also want to be yourself. How can you keep your own ideas and thoughts while still being part of the crowd? Learn about peer pressure and
how to handle it.

Sexual Health
teen faceWhat's the best birth control option for you? Learn about your choices before you decide what to do.

Are you concerned that you might have a sexually transmitted infection? Learn more about it and about free and low cost clinics that see a lot of teens.

Source of data for quizzes, polls, and facts: The NYC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 2011, a self-administered, anonymous survey conducted in NYC public high schools in odd years by the Department of Education and the Department of Health. For more information, visit NYC Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

The NYC Teen digital story blogs are based on real life situations. Most are narrated by actors; Joseph and Amanda tell their own stories about their sexual identity.

teen faceA normal part of being a teen is learning about who you are and finding self-acceptance. For gay and lesbian teens, this process can be a tough road to travel. Joseph and Amanda describe their journey. listen to their stories and learn how they got support and help: Sexuality

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