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While there may be the occasional romantic twosome among the members, the majority are unattached.

If anything, youngsters in the group spend as much time interacting with their same-sex friends as they do with members of the opposite sex. Ron Eagar, a pediatrician at Denver Health Medical Center, views group dating as a healthy way for adolescents to ease into the dating pool rather than dive in.

If we stay respectful and keep sniffing around the perimeter of their social worlds, we'll usually learn something of their romantic world. Teens, especially those in high school and college, may refer to "hooking up," and that term can include anything from kissing at a party to sexual intercourse. Teens deny that any coupling up is occurring so that teens can maximize their independence.

Parents allow more freedom when they don't think dating or sexual interests are part of the mix.

They march off en masse to the mall or to the movies, or join a gang tossing a Frisbee on the beach.

Don’t confuse group dating with double-dating or triple-dating.

Michelle Anthony, Ph D, a developmental psychologist and learning therapist in Denver, suggests an opening line like: “It sounds like a lot of kids are talking about dating now. ” If you can't tell what dating means to your kid, try discussing dating as shown on TV shows or in movies that are age-appropriate.

Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?

Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? "At this age, kids use dating labels but aren’t ready to have much direct one-on-one interaction beyond maybe sitting together at lunch or recess," says Dale Atkins, Ph D, a family therapist in New York.

The preteen and teen years aren’t easy on you or your child.

As hormones fly, you can expect to deal with your fair share of conflict.

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