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I'd say maybe 9th grade might be okay, but am not really sure." How young is too young to allow your child to date?

Many moms say that the dating issue is likely to come up for the first time during the tween years, and that it can make a parent surprisingly anxious.

“So from a parenting perspective,” says Connolly, who is also the director of the La Marsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution, “you want to know who your kids are friends with.” Kids like the security of having their friends around.

“When you’re going out with someone, it’s much easier to be yourself when your friends are there too,” says Katie, 15, of Carleton Place, Ont.

“That’s just in the movies,” says Brett, 14, of Aurora, Ont.

“What happens in real life is you’ll be hanging out with your immediate circle of friends, including your girlfriend, and you go, ‘What’s everybody doing Friday night?

The gang’s all here Going out with your significant other with all your mutual friends in tow is such a common phenomenon across the country that academics have started researching it.

Having supportive friends around can exert a powerful moderating influence.

But by the same token, a tough, aggressive peer group can have a negative influence, such as tolerating dating violence.

” Catherine: “OK.” The two Toronto-area teens have been going out since last April, although rarely on their own.

In their group of eight friends, the four boys and four girls are paired off into couples, but prefer to spend their time all together, sitting around and talking at one another’s houses, grabbing something to eat, going to a movie. “We just feel better when we’re together,” Catherine explains.

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