What are the risks to online dating for my teen? How can I help my teenager navigate digital communication in her new relationship? Are teenage dating apps safe? How do I start a conversation about the risks of sexting?

Like many elements of life, dating and relationships are increasingly reliant on digital apps and communication. Digital dating allows opportunities for meeting new people and communicating even from a distance, but also poses many risks, especially to young people. Join us on Wednesday, June 2 at noon ET for “Modern Love: The Realities and Dangers of Digital Dating,” a Children and Screens Ask the Experts webinar. An interdisciplinary panel of experts will discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of online dating – from finding deep friendship and lasting connection to anxieties, self-esteem blows, and the potential for violence. In addition, the group will provide advice for how you can support your teens as they navigate the online world of dating, by encouraging healthy habits while also building them up after devastating blows.

For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity at registration to indicate whether you would like to ask your question live on camera during the workshop.

Meet the Speakers


Elizabeth Englander, PhD

Executive Director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
Professor of Psychology
Bridgewater State University

Sarah Flicker, PhD

York Research Chair (Tier2) in Community-Based Participatory Research,
Environmental Arts & Justice Coordinator
York University

Jeff Temple, PhD

John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Community Health,
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Center for Violence Prevention,
The University of Texas Medical Branch

Sarah DeGue, PhD

Senior Health Scientist
Division of Violence Prevention,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This Webinar's Article

How Parental Controls, Monitoring Apps and Media Plans Can Support Healthy Digital Media Use

  • By Children and Screens Staff
  • March 13, 2021

Keeping children safe while still giving them room to grow and develop can feel like a delicate tightrope walk for parents, especially when it comes to the internet. On the one hand, you’d like your kids to learn to be independent and make responsible decisions on their own. On the other hand, you would also like to protect your kids from every possible danger, including digital media overuse. When it comes to finding that balance, parents often wonder when it’s safe to introduce screens and devices into their children’s lives, what kind of restrictions to enforce, how closely to monitor their kids’ behavior, and how to respect privacy while still looking out for their children’s social, mental, cognitive and physical wellbeing.

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