Eleven-year-old Charles, a bright, sociable, engaging sixth-grader in the Toronto area, was shocked to hear last spring that a buddy’s school in a nearby town would be hosting a grade-five dance.
“I think that’s just ridiculous,” says Charles, who doesn’t feel ready for that kind of intimacy with girls.
A couple may never see or speak to each other outside of school, although they may well enjoy the new status accorded them by their peers.
These types of short-lived pairings — relationships in name only — jump in numbers by grades six and seven, when alcohol increasingly becomes part of many parties.
Here’s our look at teen dating in the 21st century.