Laws on teen dating
Most experts and parents consulted for this article say group “dates” to the mall, movies or even a friend’s house are fine as long as they’re supervised, even if it means just being in the same shopping center.
Ed Parrish, a banker and father of four from Graham, has noticed that his 13-year-old son has started asking his older sister if her friend’s younger sister can join her on visits to the Parrish home. Sometimes, his son will go to the movies with guy friends and “meet up” with a group of girls from school, Parrish says.
You and your teen need to be aware of your state's laws and consider the risks inherent in teens dating outside of their age group.
Most importantly, you need to be able to come up with enforceable rules and limits that work for your family.
The laws regarding sexual conduct vary in several respects.
In these states, it is a crime for anyone to have sexual contact with someone under the age of consent.
Studies have also shown that teens who date older people are more likely to be the victims of violence within their dating relationships.
Teens should be informed of these risks and of the risk of venereal disease.
All states which place the age of consent younger than 16 years of age have provisions that differentiate between an adult sexual partner and a minor sexual partner. Some states consider the age difference between a teen and her sexual partner, both in determining whether a law has been broken and in determining how severe the charges should be.
Limits governing sexual contact between two minors vary from allowing two to four years' difference.
“We don’t have the vocabulary and we don’t have the experiences to be able to help.