One study found one-quarter of teens involved in a romantic relationship are abused by their partner via cell phones or social media.
With 24/7 access to one another, it can be difficult to escape.
#5 Emotional Health – Middle school romances can have a lasting impact on young people’s emotional development.
In one study, children who made healthy partner choices became mentally and socially healthier when assessed 11 months later.
They may only feel loved when their partner is exceedingly jealous or controlling, or they may make threats if a partner tries to break up with them.
The more time teens spend with a love interest, the more likely they are to use drugs.
Those most at risk for substance abuse are girls who date boys two or more years older than them.
The connection between early dating and drug use goes beyond being an “early bloomer.” Kids who start dating early may be naturally more inclined to risk-taking.
There is also a practical element: If the romantic interest – or, interestingly enough, their friends – drink or use drugs, your child will likely follow suit to demonstrate their ability to fit into the partner’s life.