When I was growing up, we did a little flirting and playful messaging through AOL Instant Messenger (gasp!
) and our Nokia black-and-white-display phones (double gasp!
While it’s a pretty recent phenomenon in the US, it’s slowly gaining popularity and talks about it are often coupled with flirting tips and dating advice.
Reading through various blogs and posts made me realize – aside from the obvious mistakes I was making, of course – just how many more opportunities there are for flirting today.
If users “like” each other, they are alerted and are then able to start a private messaging conversation.
But instead of panicking or jumping to conclusions, use what you just read to have a conversation with your teen.
Today’s teens are flirting in an entirely different landscape.
Sure, they are still flirting in hallways, backseats, and theaters, but they are also flirting over text message, social media, and apps specifically designed for flirting and dating.
I can guarantee it will be awkward but you are setting yourself up to be the trusted, informed adult – something that will only serve you both should anything “like totally embarrassing” happen online.
************** February is also home to Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
There are tips for how to help teens distinguish those here. Today’s teens are flirting in an entirely different landscape.