You're supposed to be at least 13 to join, but even then your child may not be ready. Kids' brains haven't caught up to the responsibilities of using technology.
A kid with 500 'friends' is more common than you think." But big numbers like that should be a red flag to parents.
With this knowledge of the dating scene, why would anyone allow their tween to start dating?
"Teenagers often wonder two things: how to date and what a healthy relationship is," says Jennifer Connolly, Ph D, Director of the La Marsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution at York University.
At recess one day, her best friend yelled over to the unsuspecting boy, “Catherine wants to snog!
” Everyone within earshot knew from Harry Potter that “snog” is Brit slang for “kiss.” While Catherine and her friends dissolved into hysterics, the boy didn’t react at all — until two weeks later, when he approached Catherine to ask her out.
"Now all those people are in his network, privy to the information, videos and photos he posts."What can you do to protect him, short of saying, "No Facebook, ever! First, determine how responsible he is, says Deborah Ramirez, Ph D, a clinical psychologist in Blue Point, New York.
Finding the Right Person Staying Safe and Drama Free Going on a Date Community Q&A It's normal for girls to struggle during their teenage years to figure out the "right" way to do things.
You may have noticed some of your friends beginning to date and want to join in on the fun.
In their group of eight friends, the four boys and four girls are paired off into couples, but prefer to spend their time all together, sitting around and talking at one another’s houses, grabbing something to eat, going to a movie. “We just feel better when we’re together,” Catherine explains.
“At this age we’re always fighting with our parents, so we need to feel we’re loved.” She’s quick to add that while she and her boyfriend love each other, they’re not . ” This is the new world of teen dating, and it can be almost unrecognizable to many parents.