Suggested questions for guiding a discussion are included. option=com_content&task=view&id=219&Itemid=129 Source: ETR RECAPP Website Target Audience: Level IV (adolescence, ages 15-18; high school) Topic: Romantic Relationships and Dating Duration of Lesson: 1 hour 20 minutes (Part I, 30 minutes; Part II, 50 minutes) Date Published: 2002 Summary: This learning activity is designed to help youth understand the risks of unprotected sex and learn about contraceptive options.
But unlike substance abuse and depression—the two other horsemen of a teenage apocalypse—dating and grades are easier to spot and easier for parents to talk to their kids about.
“Parents need to be able to assess in middle school what type of risk taker their adolescent or young eighth grader is,” she says.
Our breathing was slow and steady as he gently moved in for a kiss. This is the story of my current high school relationship.
As he pulled away, he whispered, “I love you” into my ear, only for my heart to hear. Teens crave the feelings of love, security, and contentedness.
“Teens live off of Facebook in seventh and eighth grade in a way that we don’t as adults,” says Ponton.
“And they are not prepared to take the ramifications of having their sexual and romantic lives propelled into the mainstream world.Dating in high school teaches young people lessons such as: cooperation, socially-appropriate behavior, empathy, intimacy, sensitivity, and compromise. Many adults don’t think that teens know anything about love.The truth is teens know more about love than adults give them credit for.High school relationships are just the beginning and having a boyfriend or girlfriend gives you the opportunity to find what you want in a future spouse.Statistics show that a majority of high school students are, or were, in a relationship with the opposite sex at some point in time.“Among adults or older adolescents or young adults, dating is actually a really good thing,” explains Orpinas, “because you’re more stable, happier, and less likely to do drugs.” But the earlier you start, the more likely the opposite results.“Risk-taking behaviors in adolescents cluster,” says Lynn Ponton, professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco, and the author of The Sex Lives of Teenagers: Revealing the Secret World of Adolescent Boys and Girls.