"Even in middle school studies, we have seen that abuse and aggression can occur.
Despite the lack of commitments, kids are still gaining something from the experience - they are learning.
This learning phenomenon seems to carry over to all teens, regardless of their sexual orientation.
In order to deal with this, parents must have good communication with their child, which may require outside help.
If your child is having sex in her early teens, Connolly suggests that parents speak with a family counsellor or a social worker.
Putting limits on what kids can do gives them time to understand in a more relaxed and informal setting, while giving them the confidence and skills they will need to move away from group settings.
Like adults, most kids think their peers are having more sex than they actually are.
Parents should always be on the lookout for signs of abuse, especially if their child is having sex.
Abuse has been found to increase with sex at a young age.
"Parents should take an active role in teaching and helping their kids understand what normal dating behaviours are." By understanding what "healthy" dating is at this age, parents can set limits and protect their child.