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Dating in a world of digital communication has put a spin on teen relationships. In an article published by Focus on the Family, one mother reported that she was stunned to learn that dating to her daughter meant Facebook messaging with a boy in her class and changing her status to “in a relationship.”

According to Pew Research Center, 35% of American teens ages 13 to 17 have reported being in a dating relationship. A majority of teens report most of their dating communication was done via text messaging.

According to author Ginger Kolbaba, “Texting, though not the ideal form of social communication, has a positive side. It allows teens to spend time getting to know each other apart from the physical side of a relationship.”

So how do parents and educators help guide teens toward healthy, virtuous relationships? By combining the best of modern and traditional approaches.

Click HERE to read more about various modern and traditional dating approaches presented by Focus on the Family.