Tennage dating - online dating stigma
I remember what it was like to be young and “on the cusp”.When I was in my early to mid-teens, this meant, to some of the men I encountered, I was “not quite legal” or, as many preferred, “jailbait”.
There’s the thrill of a beautiful young body, of course, but there’s more to it than that.
I was more preoccupied with what I saw: worldliness, sophistication, a gateway to adulthood.
None of these interactions became physical, which, looking back, was probably because I liked the idea rather than the reality. My interest in older men started to wane when one of my parents’ friends tried to grope me behind a door at a party. I look at my daughter now and I know what lies ahead.
I knew back then that this made me attractive, and being attractive to grown men made me feel good.
I didn’t think much beyond this fact, or why these men wouldn’t prefer to hang out with women their own age.
Unlike many of the rules you may set for your child, this is one area where it may be particularly difficult to determine whether they are following your rules and if not, how on earth to get them to do so.
When it comes to dating, different parents are likely to have very different opinions as to when it is appropriate for a child to start.
One of the toughest areas of raising a teenager is determining how to approach dating and sexuality.
This is also one of the most hotly contested aspects of your relationship with your teen since they are unlikely to have all of the same opinions regarding dating and sex that you have.
There is, of course, a world of difference between a man who grooms and abuses children and one with a predilection for younger women.
The law has provided a line in the sand, and that line is 16.
There’s the ego trip of being with a teenager who is so easily impressed that a car, or a flat – any signifier of independence – can seem dazzlingly mature. But it’s also emotionally and intellectually unbalanced and potentially exploitative.