My LOL is one such online dating site that is marketed as “Google’s Number One Dating Site for Teens”, with a minimum age requirement of 14, whilst another is Teenspot, which offers chat rooms for its members entitled “singles”, “flirting” and “hottub”.
Another one that is used perhaps more commonly amongst Australian teenagers is Tinder.
My budding romance depended on whether I heard the shrill ring of an old-fashioned land-line phone. The social lives of today’s teens don’t revolve around waiting for their phones to ring.
Teens are much more likely to connect with each other through some form of social media, whether it’s Twitter, Instagram or matchmaking apps such as Tinder and Hot Or Not.
Tumblr began as a platform for micro-blogs and has evolved into the number one social media network for teens.
It is a micro-blogging site, so people post pictures, poems, quotes or short thoughts.
Be aware of the threats, but also keep an open mind.
Teens are exposed to so many exploitive images on television that intimate relationships are becoming a regular part of teenage life.
All you can really do is supervise and stay involved in whom they are talking to.At least that’s what teens said in a recent story about online romance in the student newspaper at my daughters’ suburban Maryland high school.According to that story, “students initiate relationships online to meet new people, avoid stressful in-person meetings and hide their dating lives from their parents.” That’s certainly the case for some kids, according to my 17-year-old.As a parent, you may be concerned that your teen may seek out emotional or sexual intimacy at an early age.While you can't be with your teen at all hours, don't be afraid to monitor the situation.