These people are often sexual offenders, and they promise your teen gifts, parties and other incentives to get together.
Internet predators used to primarily work chat rooms, but in the new age of social media, they often have fake My Space and Facebook accounts with convincing profile information and pictures.
By the time they reach their mid-teens, the groupings tend to change, often forming a loose confederation of boys and girls.
In early and mid-adolescence, teenagers often involve themselves in a series of short-term relationships, which may be labeled as "crushes," "being smitten," or even "falling in love." However, they are usually characterized by high emotional intensity and often last a short period of time.
The more knowledge both parents and teens have, the more prepared you'll be if a situation arises.
An abusive partner may try to control how the teen dresses, whom she hangs out with or what activities she participates in.
Teens who agree to meet these predators can be sexually assaulted.
According to the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three teens will experience some form of physical dating violence in their lives.
According to research, 90 percent of all teenagers have a date while they are in high school.
Those teenagers who are not interested in formal dating usually feel happy to hang out with and talk to members of the opposite sex.