Negative effect of teenage dating

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.One study found one-quarter of teens involved in a romantic relationship are abused by their partner via cell phones or social media.

#3 Early Sex – An obvious question on most parents’ minds when their children start dating is: Does this mean they’re having sex?

On average, teens hold off on sex until around age 17.

Even at this early age, more than half say a friend has experienced some type of dating abuse and the rates are even higher (70 percent) among those who have sex before age 14.

As victims of teen dating violence grow into young adults, they are more vulnerable to additional trauma, depression, suicidal thoughts, binge drinking and drug use. Young people stay in contact via social networking sites and cell phones, sometimes using these venues for harassment and abuse.

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.

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