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This article was updated April 26, , but was originally published Feb. Read an updated feature story with information on how social media is affecting teen dating here. Perhaps the thought of all those sweet young couples slow dancing under paper streamers coaxes a nostalgic sigh or two. Ah, reality. What to watch for: Smartphones and social media can lay traps for preteens and young teens. Young teens have especially fragile egos, so negative peer feedback on social media can be especially damaging. The rest are either completely single or talking to someone.
If you have a teen, chances are, they've got a smartphone. A Pew Research Center study found that 95 percent of U. And that means they've got access to apps, leaving you to figure out which ones they should be allowed to have. And there are very real dangers for children, such as a recent and very disturbing WhatsApp suicide challenge.