It was late fall during my freshman year at college.
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.
Don't listen in on every phone call and don't read every social media message.
Of course, those rules don't necessarily apply if you have valid safety concerns.
So you'll need to provide guidance that can help her be successful in her future relationships.
Whether she experiences some serious heartbreak, or she's a heart breaker, adolescence is when teens learn about romance.
For those teens who tend to be shy, meeting in person can be much more difficult. Be open with your teen about everything from treating someone else with respect to your values about sexual activity.
Discuss potential problems teens may face when entering the dating scene, like the pressure to become sexually active or the pressure to get involved in a serious relationship.
While it's not healthy to get wrapped up in your teen's dating life, there will be times when you may have to intervene.
If you overhear your teen saying mean comments or using manipulative tactics, speak up.
She says that teens she knows often meet online by contacting each other through Facebook and by commenting on each other’s Twitter feeds and Instagram photos. If that person “likes” you back, it’s time for a digital chat.