appropriate and encourage their children to follow Josh Harris's "courtship" model.Others feel that dating can be a positive experience for teens provided they are mature enough and the parents know and trust the dating partner.Following his arrest, eight more women came forward to claim he had sexually assaulted them within the course of two years. Prosecutors said that, if convicted, Persey faces up to 99 years in prison.“The Special Victims Unit investigated these reports over the next several months, which led to this week’s indictments,” the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office said in a press release. The old worries about teen pregnancy, tarnished reputations and broken hearts still apply, but today there are new risks due to rising rates of dating violence and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).What can a parent do to make sure their dating teens are happy and safe?Binge drinking, date violence, and even date rape are far too common.In light of this, we would advise that boys and girls under the age of seventeen should not be allowed to go out on one-on-one dates.
It's their call, of course, but here again we believe it's crucial that mom and dad know their child's dating partner and his or her parents well.
We caught up with two local experts on teen relationships and sexuality and asked for their tips on setting guidelines for kids entering the dating game.
Lynn Ponton, University of California San Francisco professor of adolescent psychiatry and author of The Sex Lives of Teenagers and The Romance of Risk, and Nancy Brown, a developmental psychologist and education projects manager for Palo Alto Medical Foundation, both agree: Parents should set the stage for safe dating long before their child becomes a teen.
Talking about relationships once they reach school age is step two. ” Share your values, but be sure to ask your child what he thinks creates a healthy, loving relationship.
Parents should inquire about their children’s friendships, Ponton says, asking questions like: “What makes a relationship work well? Parents can find good conversation starters both in the media and in real life scenarios.