But having a steady boyfriend or girlfriend at a young age increases the risk of early sex, as does having friends in higher grades, frequenting social networking sites and spending less time with platonic friends.
In a survey sponsored by Liz Claiborne, more than one in four children said sexual activity is part of tween dating relationships.
I know if you do it right away even though they want it as much as you do, they think you're a slut and don't respect you.
So is the magic # 5 or 10 dates after you feel the spark of chemistry.
This is yet another reason to spend relaxed time together and engage in frequent conversation; surveys show teens actually want to discuss dating, drugs and other pressures with their parents.
#2 Academic Problems – Despite often lasting a month or less and taking place mostly via text, pre-teen relationships can be intense and all-consuming, drawing kids’ focus away from academics.
Conventional wisdom says there’s no “right” age to start dating – it depends on the child’s maturity.
But new research suggests there is probably a “wrong” age to start dating: middle school.
If your pre-teen is in pursuit of a junior-high romance, make sure you’ve talked with them about these five risks: #1 Drug Use – Building on a large body of research, a recent study from the University of Georgia found children who date in middle school use alcohol and marijuana twice as much as their peers who hold off on dating until high school.
In the University of Georgia study, early daters had significantly worse study skills and were four times more likely to drop out of school than those who delayed dating.
Other studies have reached similar conclusions: Dating takes a toll at school.