A healthy relationship is based on respect, trust, and good communication.
Relationships can be both online and offline.
You have the right to expect the following in your relationships;
- respect – everyone should expect to be treated with dignity and respect;
- equality – it is important that power within a relationship is shared and both people’s feelings are given equal importance;
- separate identities – being in a relationship should allow both people to have their own identity and freedom, eg friends, hobbies and interests;
- good and honest communication – it’s okay to disagree and it is important to talk about how you feel in an open and safe environment.
Always trust your instinct and be empowered to say ‘No’ to anything or any situation you are uncomfortable with.
If you feel uncomfortable in a relationship or that someone is trying to control you or make you do something you don’t want to, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help.
You may want to talk to a parent/carer, teacher or youth worker. If you want to talk to someone independent or anonymously you can find details at safertoknow.info.
If you are a parent or a carer, you can play an important role by talking to your child about the wellbeing that can come from positive relationships. Having open and honest chats about sexual health and relationships can help your child as they grow up and go through puberty. It is important to let your teenager know that they can talk to you about anything that's on their mind.