Dating in high school is pointless

So it’s important to let your child know that digital devices and social networking access are privileges that they need to respect, and to be clear about your expectations for behavior on the Internet and with texting.

They just don’t have a lot to compare it to.” So within this murky relationship ecology you might hear your teen say, “I’m going out with…” or “Jared and Ashley are hooking up.” Of course, the language varies depending on who you talk to, but in most cases, these relationships last an average of a few weeks.

“Part of learning how to manage one’s own affairs includes making decisions so have a heart to heart with your child,” she says.

Also work to compromise on limits to social interactions which might include curfew, adult supervision, acceptable locations, and what is meant by “dating,” then follow through, says Barbara Greenberg, a teen and adolescent psychologist. There’s no doubt that electronic influence on dating is pervasive.

They should find out who they are spending their time with, check their Facebook page and monitor their activity on their Facebook page.” Peer groups: the first responders.

Peer groups play an enormous role in preventing violence and promoting healthy teen relationships.

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