02/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

A New Age In Advertising: Teaching Teenagers About Online Harassment

Sending nude pictures, whether it is done under pressure or not, is part of a pattern of teenage behavior that the Family Violence Prevention Fund, a nonprofit domestic violence awareness group based in San Francisco, has labeled digital dating violence. The digital violence can include sending nonstop text messages or posting cruel comments on a boyfriend's or girlfriend's Facebook or MySpace page. The behaviors can be a warning sign that a teenager may become a perpetrator or a victim of domestic violence, according to the group.

It has gotten to be such a problem -- and one that parents are largely unaware of, according to the organization -- that it is the focus of a campaign from the Advertising Council, which highlights social issues in public service campaigns.

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