A "child" spends much of their time in school that, traditionally, would have been spent learning a trade, finding a spouse and even getting married and starting families.
So it's important to understand what dating means within a given context.
Perhaps it means something different in different middle school cultures. A boy did ask our daughter out in a more traditional sense. But I'd be just as concerned about letting her have a Facebook page. There's too much girl drama and meanness that happens on Facebook.
But later that week or by the end of next week, the "couple" will have "broken up" and be "dating" other people.
Also, when they say a couple is dating, they usually don't mean having sex.
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This is especially true given that middle school boys are now watching porn from the time they are 11 or 12. However, I'm getting the sense that dating in middle school doesn't always mean "dating." Our daughter is in the 7th grade.
When she says people are dating, it means something very different than when we were young.
We all have had and continue to have friends who drop us when they are in a dating relationship.
I am not sure how you and your daughter are defining dating.
Could someone explain to me exactly what business a child has dating while in school?