Kids dating too young
At the same time, dating even in groups can be too intimidating for some, and it is important for a child to know that not everyone is dating.And if she is not - and even if she is just not interested yet-that is perfectly normal too.
If your child is having sex in her early teens, Connolly suggests that parents speak with a family counsellor or a social worker.
It also seems that peers play a role in holding adolescents back from going further.
"Although it varies by group, girls especially tend to have their own guidelines and rules that tend to limit extensive sexual relationships," says Connolly.
"Even in middle school studies, we have seen that abuse and aggression can occur.
It can happen out of the blue for a kid," Connolly says.
Putting limits on what kids can do gives them time to understand in a more relaxed and informal setting, while giving them the confidence and skills they will need to move away from group settings.