The fall formal dance was just a week away and I was hoping a boy I liked would ask me to go with him.
There was no way I could leave the room: What if he called and I wasn’t there to answer the phone? Dorm rooms didn’t come with answering machines and the development of voice mail was light years away.
Instagram's usage among teens is steadily increasing, meaning there will be plenty of options to meet people using this tool.
In fact, 17% of teens rate Instagram as the most important social network according to Fact Browser, which is up five percent from the previous year.
At least that’s what teens said in a recent story about online romance in the student newspaper at my daughters’ suburban Maryland high school.
According to that story, “students initiate relationships online to meet new people, avoid stressful in-person meetings and hide their dating lives from their parents.” That’s certainly the case for some kids, according to my 17-year-old.
"It's not typical that something like that happens.
As popular as online dating has become, it’s not a good idea for young people and isn’t a safe way for children to explore relationships.
Some people who want to harm children use the internet to look for young people to target, and they use sites and apps where they know young people go to look for love, to flirt or to make friends.
Teens looking to date online don't necessarily have to turn to websites that are labeled as actual dating websites, although these sites certainly exist.
Many teens instead choose to meet new people on other social websites that are not necessarily labeled as dating sites.