One study found one-quarter of teens involved in a romantic relationship are abused by their partner via cell phones or social media.
With 24/7 access to one another, it can be difficult to escape.
This heightened risk can be explained, at least in part, by younger children’s vulnerability to peer pressure and still-forming personal values and identity.
Even if your child isn’t sexually active, the risk of substance abuse and other problem behaviors increases if many of their friends are having sex.
The more time teens spend with a love interest, the more likely they are to use drugs.
Those most at risk for substance abuse are girls who date boys two or more years older than them.
Those who chose troubled partners saw their problems intensify over time.
Research shows that tween and teen daters struggle with depression more often than their single peers, an effect that is especially pronounced in girls.
Other studies have reached similar conclusions: Dating takes a toll at school.
Orpinas monitored 624 students as they moved from sixth grade to twelfth grade in six different school districts across Georgia.
Every year, the students completed a questionnaire about their personal lives while their teachers evaluated each student’s academic performance.
#5 Emotional Health – Middle school romances can have a lasting impact on young people’s emotional development.
In one study, children who made healthy partner choices became mentally and socially healthier when assessed 11 months later.After all, Juliet was only 13 when she started dating Romeo, and we all know how that turned out.