Once your relationship becomes somewhat serious, try to get to know her son gradually, without attempting to rush or force the relationship or stepping in as a parental figure.
Plan an outing that is fun and that requires minimal interaction.
When children started to get their own computers for doing their homework and playing games, it became more difficult to work with them to ensure they were visiting appropriate websites and not talking to strangers online in the privacy of their bedrooms.
Now, of course, in the age of smartphones and tablets – effectively mini-computers that can be used – most parents find it a real challenge to not only educate their children in doing the right thing, but monitor and control their online behaviour.
They’re growing up fast Depending on the age that your children are now, they may not have yet discovered computers, smartphones or tablets, unless it’s just pressing the buttons!
Alternatively, they may already be used to using certain trusted websites and apps or – if they’re older – using social networking sites.
The risks None of us – of whatever age – is immune from encountering problems online, as a look through this website or the daily news will tell you.
Our children are certainly at a vulnerable stage in their lives …
As parents – or relatives, teachers and other adults responsible to children’s safety – we want our children and those we look after to be healthy and happy … Above all, it’s also instinctive that we want kids to be safe.
Children learn through exploration and natural curiosity, and it is part of our job as parents and carers to encourage that.
Only after a relationship is very serious should you consider exposing the children to this side of your relationship.
By waiting, you will show the children that sex is not to be taken casually and that it should be reserved for only serious, loving relationships.
Sticking around is the best way to show your date’s child that you intend to be there through thick and thin.