Aahh…I remember the excitement that rushed through my body as I approached sweet 16. Sixteen was the minimum age in which I was allowed to start…

Aahh…I remember the excitement that rushed through my body as I approached sweet 16. Sixteen was the minimum age in which I was allowed to start dating. I was not allowed to have “boy phone calls” until 16, although an exception was made for the age of 15. I did not have a cell phone so all of the calls that I received were basically screened by other family members if I didn’t answer the phone.


I have noticed over the years that technology has made regulating teen dating more complicated for parents. The majority of teens have their own private cellular phones. Teens as young as 13 can set up a Facebook account. Anyone can set up an email account or join most blogs. I don’t believe there’s an age minimum for setting up an instant messenger account. Do you think the rules or the guidelines enforced by parents for dating need to adapt as society changes? Should parents have the passwords to your social network pages? Should your cell phone be used for only emergency and programmed with specific numbers you can dial out to? Should you have internet access in your room? What type of compromises are you willing to accept when it comes to dating?


– Dyanne

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