Whether she experiences some serious heartbreak, or she's a heart breaker, adolescence is when teens learn about romance.In my family, there’s an old saying that the teenagers will always come home safe and sound and on time from a date because they know daddy’s waiting on the front porch with a shotgun.

Today's teens spend a lot of time texting and talking to potential love interests on social media.

For some, that can make dating easier because they may get to know one another better online first.

Of course, those rules don't necessarily apply if you have major safety concerns, however.

While it's not healthy to get wrapped up in your teen's dating life, there will be times when you may have to intervene.

“When you start talking to them about sex when they’re 11, it allows them time to figure out what’s important to them,” says Brown, who has worked with teens for 27 years and is the mother of two daughters ages 18 and 21.

“Plus, preteens can be more open to our suggestions.” Some preteens, especially those who go through puberty early, may begin to receive attention from the opposite sex, Brown says.

Talk to your teen about how real life dates don't mimic what might be seen in the movies.

Instead, first dates may be awkward, but they can also be a lot of fun.

While meant as a joke, the story says something about parents’ age-old concerns for their teens when they begin to date.