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Jennifer*, a junior at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, notes that while it’s not cool to “talk” to more than one person at a time, some people go from one talking “relationship” to another without actually dating anyone, which tends to explain the relatively low numbers of actual couples.For instance, among Megan’s circle of about seven close girlfriends, only two have boyfriends.We’re learning this at the same time our children are navigating through it.”What follows is a teen dating primer to help your child — and you — forge the valley between child and young adult.Dating Starts Earlier It’s not unusual for sixth-graders to say, “I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.” Often these relationships develop through texting.All adults are encouraged to attend in-person presentations and explore the website. This allows access to the Facilitator Portal, which includes all materials needed to prepare for your presentation: a short training webinar, a Facilitator's Guide, Facilitator's Script, the Power Point presentation and hand-outs and a link to the video.Start by watching the webinar for an overview and instructions for bringing the workshop to your workplace or community group. The program and materials are offered free of charge. Yes, the in-person workshop – the Facilitator's Guide and Script, Power Point and video -- is available in Spanish.

Megan*, a senior at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, says only about 20 percent of these relationships result in an official couple.Yes, the prom as we knew it still exists, but even its drama pales in comparison to today’s boy-girl relationship issues.“It’s not your parents’ dating anymore,” concedes Robin Gurwitch, a clinical psychologist at the Duke Center for Child and Family Health.“We don’t have the vocabulary and we don’t have the experiences to be able to help.Share the "Dating Abuse Resources for Teens" tip sheet with the teens you know.