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Straight Talk for Teens Father is worried about his son’s Internet romance with ‘the one’

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Lauren Forcella

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 7:27 am

Dear Straight Talk: My oldest, age 15, is in a long-term, long-distance relationship with “the one.” He is constantly asking to visit her. I have concerns about the level of supervision there (every interaction has involved questionable decisions by her family, including bringing them to a hotel room under supervision). I believe they are hurting each other more than helping. Because of the distance, I don’t think he is learning essential communication skills with the opposite sex. Am I over-reacting? How can I convince him that I just might know what I’m talking about? — Kevin

Katie, 18, Auburn: I agree with you. A relationship with someone you never see is reason for concern. At his age, he should be hanging out with friends, not trying to meet “the one” (much less spending all his time online doing it). I don’t see it ending well. She can cast anything as the truth and he will believe it. And really? A hotel room? If they must meet, it shouldn’t be in a bedroom.

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