Since teens should not go on trips of any duration without being able to communicate – and though you may not wish your teen to have a cell phone, this is a way of ensuring that they can get in touch; if necessary, you can lend them yours, or have a cell phone that is used only as needed.One or more of these items may need to be negotiated, as may frequency of dating or what days dates may occur on.Safety When Meeting a New Person There are some obvious steps for safety that teens can take when dating someone for the first time or meeting someone who is not previously known.
Meeting in a public place during daylight hours is also advisable.
Teens should no either use any substances that could impair their judgment nor go somewhere – particularly in a vehicle – without someone who has.
They should also guard any drink they might have, as well as personal belongings and have a plan in place for an alternate way home (e.g., transportation by a parent) if they need one for any reason.
Particularly when with someone new, being able to contact others is important – and a cell phone is helpful for this.
While the percentage of teens who aren’t dating has risen in the ten years leading up to 2004, according to the Child Trends Data Bank (CTDB), many teens do date, and in 2005 1 in 11 high school students, CTDB reports, was the victim of dating violence.
The and based on data from 1993-1998, reported that the highest rate of intimate violence is perpetrated against women ages 16 to 24.
Though there is more intimate violence against women, there is also intimate violence against men.
Furthermore, most of intimate violence occurs in the victim’s home.
In fact, CTDB reports that the chance does not differ significantly for male and female high school students of being hurt by a dating partner, although they further report that physical harm caused by female students is more often defensive.