Teenage dating guide for parents
The same survey found that 23 percent of teens with dating experience had sent “flirty or sexy” pictures or videos to someone they were interested in.“Let your kids know that if someone’s pressuring them — whether they’re asking for a photo or something that’s physical — that’s not healthy and that’s not loving,” says Heidi Griswold, community engagement coordinator with Hope Works of Howard County, a nonprofit agency based in Columbia that addresses sexual, dating and domestic violence.So, if you haven’t already, now is the time to discuss dating with your teen.To help ensure your teen has a positive dating experience, here are a few things to consider when preparing for your conversation.
For teens in middle school, group activities such as school dances, going to the mall, movies or sporting events will give your teen a chance to spend time with his or her boy or girlfriend in a supervised environment.
Rules Depending on the age and maturity of a teen, parents need to decide what guidelines they will set in place for their teen in regards to dating.
Will your teen’s curfew be different when out on a date versus out with friends? Is it okay for your teen to date someone a few years older or younger?
Every year, 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience some sort of physical abuse from their dating partner.
The numbers are staggering, and, yet, it seems that no one is talking about it.
Individual time for teens this age will typically be spent on the phone or via text message.