"Teenagers often wonder two things: how to date and what a healthy relationship is," says Jennifer Connolly, Ph D, Director of the La Marsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution at York University."Parents should take an active role in teaching and helping their kids understand what normal dating behaviours are." By understanding what "healthy" dating is at this age, parents can set limits and protect their child.
This survey also found that sex is considered a large part of dating by teens.It’s a particularly great issue for Bumble, a relatively young app launched last year, which has touted—and touted, and touted again—the safety and harassment policies its founders designed to make users more comfortable and create a less aggressive environment than greets users in some of the app’s competitors.Whitney Wolfe, the app’s founder and a Tinder co-founder, launched Bumble after she left Tinder and sued the company for sexual harassment by a fellow co-founder. Bumble sought to enter the market with a different attitude toward online dating, marketing itself as a feminist app, where only women can start a conversation between two matches.A glitch in the dating app Bumble was appearing to limit some adult users to only matching with users between the ages of 13 and 17.For several months, users have been reporting that they’re stuck in an uncomfortable, illegal position, since the app has been designating a very small age range of people they’re allowed to connect with, and that range happens to be teenagers who are not able to vote—or, in many states, legally consent to sexual relations with non-minors.Wolfe told that that issue is a result of back-end confusion that she said has only impacted less than 100 users out of the millions of people who have downloaded the app.