Okay: Poll time. What age do you find it appropriate for children to have a 'boyfriend' or 'girlfriend'?
When I was in middle school, it was a different day and age. No texting, no social media. If a boy called your house, chances are no matter where you hid with the phone (because, as we remember, the phone was attached to the wall and you had a limited radius of places to go with the phone), your mom or dad would hear the gist of the conversation. Or the boy would maybe come over to your house. Either way, chances were that the parents were bound to meet this other person sooner or later. There was no secretiveness, no 'privacy'. (Never mind I was a huge dork in middle school and never had a boy friend...that's beside the point.)
I have seen far too many children who have Facebook accounts, who are middle school aged, that have provocative profile pictures. Who have suggestive status updates. Who have boy-girl drama played out on the internet for all their friends to see. Who text secretively to their friends. Friends who the parents have no clue about.
I kinda have to be the uncool mom and say frankly...I don't like it. Nothing good can come from all of this unsupervised "'he-in' and she-in'".
Am I being unreasonable?
Am I just that old fashioned?