Wherever people got the notion that kids should be dating while in school simply baffles me.If a kid cannot figure how to handle their "feelings" with their friends then they certainly will not gain anything with a boyfriend/girlfriend.My husband and I have been discussing the answer to our daughter's question and we just don't know the right answer.I don't want to be overly protective and strict like my parents were but I also don't want to be too permissive.
Teens in high school may define dating as being exclusive with each other physically which means that they don't "hook-up" with anyone else.
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I'd focus on curfew, I'd limit activities for a 13 year old to 9pm, but might let a 17 yr old stay out until 11 or 12, depending on the individual.
I am a mother of two kids one is 13 and another is 11.