The 24/7 technology enables the abusive partner to stalk the other person after school and on weekends, he said.
Jennings said social networking, which can connect hundreds and thousands of students, gives the abusive partner more leverage.
I couldn’t date somebody who I wasn’t physically attracted to.
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of education for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, says digital dating abuse is becoming a more frequent problem among teens.
She has heard of cases where the abusive partner may take the partner's password to check up on him or her routinely.
Other times, the abuser may violate their partner's privacy by breaking into their e-mail or checking their phone.
In some instances, the victims, usually teenage girls, receive as many as 40 texts a day with negative messages from their partner.
"She is required to keep her cell phone on all day, all night and be receptive," Murray explains.