Only 16 percent have had sex by their 15th birthdays, compared to 30 percent of 15-year-olds in 1994.
According to Child Trends’ Databank Indicator on dating, the number of students who date has declined in the last 25 years.For instance, the percentage of high school seniors who went on more than one date per week has fallen from 34 percent in 1991 to 16 percent in 2013.The Center for Disease Control reports that only about 41 percent of teens have sex in high school (that’s a lower percentage than when we were teens).It also seems like they are waiting until they are older to start having sex.The frontal lobe—the part that governs considering consequences, taking responsibility, making rational judgments—doesn’t finish developing until the early to mid-twenties.“It’s most important for parents to be their child's ally, sidekick, cheerleader, mentor and role model through the teen years.” Healthy, consistent and positive communication will go a long way.
Recently, the children of two close friends have begun dating. So I threw the question out there to the World Wide Web: "At what age did you or will you allow your children to start dating?Knowledge is power.”Technology and social media make it easier than ever to accelerate intimacy.In a 2014 survey of undergrads, more than half of the respondents said they had participated in sexting as teens, and more than a quarter of respondents had sent provocative photos.“Think three steps ahead and about all possible consequences to any decision. Encourage an open discussion and offer resources where your teen can find information, such as Connect Dating violence is nothing new, but you might be surprised to know that it affects more than 10 percent of high school students.If your child is in early elementary school, you might be enjoying the “cootie” years, when your child has little interest in the opposite sex or romance of any kind—with the possible exception of a crush on Ariana Grande or the Dolan twins.