Dangers of teenage online dating

As the advent of internet exposes more and more teenagers to issues of love and sex, more and more of them are getting into relationships and dating at a young age.However, it has been noticed that teenage relationships are extremely susceptible to quick disintegration.Indeed, one-fourth of all teens say they have unfriended or blocked someone on social media because that person was flirting in a way that made them uncomfortable, Pew reported.“That’s a clear sign that this isn’t always nice and innocent,” van Rij says, “and parents need to step in to protect their teens.” Some of the ways to do that include: “A lot of this comes down to parents having a good relationship with their teens during what are very pivotal years,” van Rij says.Whether they are being bullied or made to feel uncomfortable by improper sexual comments, teens need to feel confident that they can turn to their parents for support. “It’s just another part of influencing and guiding them toward becoming responsible and mature adults.” About Gabriella van Rij Gabriella van Rij ( is a speaker, author and activist whose latest book, Watch Your Delivery, explores how we often fail in communicating.Teenage relationships have become increasingly commonplace. While in the older times, people thought about things like love, relationships and sex only after attaining a certain degree of biological maturity, age is no longer a bar for the cupid to strike.When Pew narrowed its findings just to teens who have dated, the percentage who met their dating partner online jumped to nearly 25 percent.

Furthermore,if a teenager gets physical with a person they’re dating, it leads to extremely detrimental consequences on their health and emotional state.

“More than ever, teenagers need a crash course in online safety and social media issues that they encounter on a daily basis,” says Gabriella van Rij ( a kindness activist, anti-bullying proponent and author whose latest book is Watch Your Delivery.

February is an opportune time for parents to broach the subject because it’s National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. “It’s a subject you should have ongoing conversations about,” she says.

A teenager’s brain is not fully armed with the requisite experience and knowledge to be able to distinguish between the right person for them, and the wrong.

Teenagers are more driven by the push of hormones rather than logic and feelings.

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