Teenage dating advise for parents
“Safety has to be first and foremost,” she wrote in a 2013 post.
“Parents need to help their teens understand that all is not necessarily as it seems; they need to be extremely careful with what they share online.” Cover image courtesy of Flickr.
It’s important to make sure teens understand that they should never provide personal information to strangers, such as where they go to school, and never agree to meet someone in person without bringing along a responsible adult.
Claire Mc Carthy, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, said it best in a Huffington Post blog on teen online dating.
At least that’s what teens said in a recent story about online romance in the student newspaper at my daughters’ suburban Maryland high school.
According to that story, “students initiate relationships online to meet new people, avoid stressful in-person meetings and hide their dating lives from their parents.” That’s certainly the case for some kids, according to my 17-year-old.
LTK: Sometimes teens may want to talk to their parents about a relationship, but they aren't sure how to begin.Do you have any tips for teens who want advice from their mom or dad but don't know where to start?MJR: What I usually suggest is that parents of children around the age of 9, 10, or 11, start having dates with their child-go for coffee, go for a walk.They're dramatic and not thinking clearly, so parents will close the topic before it's even explored or talked about.I advise when their child wants to date someone, that's a great opportunity for the parents to invite the other child over.