Some 35% of teens have some type of experience in a romantic relationship, a figure that includes current and former daters, as well as those in serious and less-serious relationships. Teens also spoke about social media as an information-gathering tool that helps them find out all sorts of information about a potential partner, like whether they are dating someone or not.
Among teens with dating experience, 76% say they have never dated someone they first met online, but one-in-four (24%) have dated or hooked up with someone they initially encountered online. Many teens in our focus groups described flirting with a crush by liking their photos or posting a comment on their social media profile.
If this happens, there are things you can do to help manage it.
Peer influence is when you choose to do something you wouldn’t otherwise do, because you want to feel accepted and valued by your friends.
Text messaging also is a common way for teens to flirt and express romantic interest.
In fact, many teenagers feel that their secondary school marks decide their whole future – that’s a lot of pressure.Even in 1995, teens pointed to violence in school as a primary concern and media have been saturated, in recent years, with articles on the troubles of today's teens: drugs, drinking, dropping out, pregnancy, gangs, violence in the schools, sexually transmitted diseases, poverty, racism, running away, suicide, AIDS, illiteracy, truancy ...Filled with facts and figures, most articles have addressed these issues from an adult perspective.Wanting to be more like your friends is a normal part of being a teenager.Peer influence or peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes it might be a concern for you or your child.The teenage years are a time of rapid growth and change – physically, mentally and socially.For some teenagers, change can be scary, whereas others take it in their stride. Some common teenage issues are schoolwork, stress, depression, bullying and body image.If your child’s worry about teenage issues won’t go away, you can do lots of things to help.While feature writer for a small-town Georgia daily, just minutes from the recent Conyers (Ga.) high school shootings, I interviewed dozens of teens and wrote a series of articles for The Covington News on the troubles teens face.Written from the teens' perspective, it provides insight on the frustrations that plague teens' lives.