Many people first start getting involved in relationships and dating during their teenage years. When addressed correctly, this can have many benefits. Dating equips teens with the skills to develop and maintain healthy, mutually beneficial relationships as they progress from adolescence into adulthood. Indeed, this will benefit them in all relationship types, not just sexual or romantic. Dating in adolescence can help teens develop these valuable skills in forming positive, healthy relationships, becoming more aware of other people, and developing emotionally and emphatically. While many teenagers do start dating and going out with people during secondary school, not all do, and some may not get involved in relationships until their 20s. And this is quite fine.
Of course, as at any stage in life, teens need to be aware of potential unhealthy relationships. They should be wary of a relationship being one-sided. It’s a time when many will be exploring their sexuality. It is important that they never feel pressured to do anything in a relationship that they’re not comfortable about, nor should they coerce and pressure their partner into anything.