A relationship is the connection between you and another person. It is how you get along, communicate, spend time together, and share interests. Relationships can be healthy or unhealthy. Around puberty and the teen years, relationships outside your family become more important. You have relationships with your friends.
This is the 4th in a series of posts on safety from outside advocates. These posts focus on safety topics that are important to our partners, our company, and our users. We have asked our guest posters to contribute their expert insights to our Trust and Safety Center to increase awareness among our members and amplify our collaborative work to improve safety both on our platforms and in our greater community. Growing up, we learn that love is a feeling.
As your children grow up, it's normal for them to think about having a boyfriend or girlfriend. They've probably been hanging out with friends of both sexes and doing things as a group, but they may be thinking about one-on-one dating. It's time to talk about the different types of relationships and love and to prepare to set rules for dating. Talking about relationships in regular, everyday conversations lets you and your child talk about your family values when it comes to friendship, dating, and love. Dating helps young people learn to get along with others, communicate, negotiate, make decisions, and learn to be assertive.