In Jacksonville, Florida and other cities in Florida, teens are at risks for serious personal injuries when they go out, are at parties, and, yes when they date. The Duval County School System is following a new State of Florida mandate that requires school districts to inform and educate teens about what is safe and healthy dating habits and relationships. Some critics of this State mandate state that it takes time and money away from other more basic academic tasks of a school system. Others believe that the education and information are vital to the safety of teens. Unfortunately, many Florida teens are victims of dating violence. While it is unrealistic to believe that all violence can be eliminated, education and information hopefully will result in the prevention or reduction of dating violence. The physical and / or emotional injuries from dating violence can last a lifetime. See Duval Schools Work to Educate Teens About Safe Dating.