Moms -- better sit down for this one. A new study shows that 79 percent of kids aged 11 to 14 say they have been in a relationship. Say what?!
In a national effort to stop teen dating abuse, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation conducted a major opinion poll targeting the country's tweens. Here are the facts:
- 47 percent say they kiss on a typical "date."
- 56 percent feel it is important for people their age to have a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- 53 percent of kids aged 11 - 14 say it is hard to get out of an unhealthy relationship.
- 55 percent of 11- to 14-year-olds would not talk to an adult if they saw a friend being threatened or abused by their boyfriend or girlfriend.
- 52 percent of 11- to 14-year-olds feel people their age would not break up with their boyfriend or girlfriend if their parents told them to.
"Although many of the 11- to 14-year-olds who were surveyed know how to identify the most unhealthy relationship behaviors, this poll shows that many still do not have a clear sense of what it means to be in a healthy relationship," says Kristin Schubert, a program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Too soon to talk to your child about dating? You decide!