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Connolly points to the reality that few kids actually rush onto the dating scene.

"Dating can be exciting and high energy but [generally] kids tend to prevent each other from becoming too intimate in those situations." Despite the statistics, there are some adolescents who become "couples" and engage in "heavy activities" such as petting or actual intercourse.

These behaviors are not healthy at this age and carry both behavioural and physical risks, emphasizes Connolly.

UGA's research, drawn from following a group of 624 students over a seven-year period from sixth to 12th grade, found that kids who began dating in middle school had worse study skills, were four times more likely to drop out of school and reported twice as much alcohol, tobacco and weed use than their single counterparts.

Of the kids studied, 38 percent reported dating at each point of the survey, and 22 percent at "high middle school." Rather amazingly, 100 percent of these kids were dating in sixth grade. That's why it's amazing.)At each point in time, teachers rated the students who were dating as worse academically than those who weren't.

Groups can offer a safe, protective way for kids to learn.

But at the same time, parents need to discuss not going too far too fast.

"Parents should take an active role in teaching and helping their kids understand what normal dating behaviours are." By understanding what "healthy" dating is at this age, parents can set limits and protect their child.