Teen dating pics
Here’s our look at teen dating in the 21st century.The gang’s all here Going out with your significant other with all your mutual friends in tow is such a common phenomenon across the country that academics have started researching it.“If I get bored [on a date], my friends keep things interesting,” Katie says.The downside for parents: You may not even be aware that your child has a boyfriend or girlfriend.
“I think that’s just ridiculous,” says Charles, who doesn’t feel ready for that kind of intimacy with girls.
This causes parents to worry, and rightly so, as many kids are uncomfortable with or unable to handle the intimacy that comes with slow dancing or mixed-gender pyjama parties.
But in terms of friendships between boys and girls, Connolly says that simply having friends of both sexes can be healthy and positive.
“So from a parenting perspective,” says Connolly, who is also the director of the La Marsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution, “you want to know who your kids are friends with.” Kids like the security of having their friends around.
“When you’re going out with someone, it’s much easier to be yourself when your friends are there too,” says Katie, 15, of Carleton Place, Ont.
“That’s just in the movies,” says Brett, 14, of Aurora, Ont.