There are tons of horror stories about teens being lured off the Internet and into compromising positions by pedophiles and sex traffickers. Unfortunately these types of stories are not merely urban legends. They really happen and Internet savvy teens are at the greatest risk. The popularity of meet-and-greet websites over the past few years has only increased the danger that a teen will fall victim to an online predator.
The Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating for Teens
Meeting People Online - Online Safety Tips for Teens
While dating can be a way for youth to learn positive relationship skills like mutual respect, trust, honesty, and compromise, it also can present challenges. Youth in relationships with the following features may be at risk:. Adolescents and caring adults can learn to spot warning signs that a friendship or romantic relationship is unhealthy. Violence is not the only important sign. Unhealthy relationship behaviors can include:. Some youth find themselves in violent dating relationships.
Common Dating Rules Parents Set for Christian Teens
Many parents set rules for their Christian teens about dating. While setting rules is a good idea, it is important for parents to think through the rules that they do set. Parents need to know why they are setting the rules, and they also need to discuss the rules openly with their children.
When Roy Moore, then 34 years old, asked year-old Debbie Wesson Gibson whether she would date him, Gibson asked her mother what she would think. According to The Washington Post's investigation into Moore's alleged pursuit of teenage girls, which was published Thursday, Gibson's mother replied, "I'd say you were the luckiest girl in the world. That attitude of encouraging teenage girls to date older men, rather than shielding girls from men's advances, sounded familiar to some people who read the Post story that has shaken Moore's bid for the U. That courtship of underage girls is especially common in conservative religious communities.