It seems like everyone and his mother has some kind of insight on love and relationships … unless you’re 19 or younger. Then the advice runs dry. It’s as if people don’t recognize that you have dating concerns of your own!
Fortunately, there are some superb resources out there that offer the dating advice you’re looking for. These seven dating sites and blogs will help you figure it out.
Don’t worry about the jumbled pieces of information from your friends — these folks have so much to teach you that you’ll know everything you need to in no time!
Bragging Rights: the first teen magazine established in the U.S.
For the past 70 years, Seventeen has been helping girls navigate growing up — particularly in the tricky area of dating. They offer all sorts of advice, whether it’s from their hot guy panel or their relationship quizzes. They’ve got an arsenal of fun date ideas and tips for getting the person you like. With so much information, you might find yourself happily lost in it for a few hours!
Social Clout: 3,292,353 Facebook likes; 789,870+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @seventeenmag
Bragging Rights: 49 different advice forums
If you’re a teen girl, this is the place for you. Gurl is a welcoming community where you can ask all your burning questions and connect with other teens. You can find the news you actually care about and an answer to everything you wanted to know about relationships and sex — all while you have a blast! Learn what you want to know when you want to know it. They make it that easy.
Social Clout: 43,480+ Facebook likes; 12,875+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @gurldotcom
Bragging Rights: established in 1998
For faith-based dating advice, look no further than Boundless. Their focus is to help you grow as a person and in your faith, as well as date with purpose and prepare for marriage and family. Their posts and videos will show you that you don’t have to accept society’s low expectations of you. With the help of Boundless, you can live biblically and intentionally in your relationships.
Social Clout: 30,600+ Facebook likes; 7,925+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @BoundlessTeam
Love is Respect
Bragging Rights: free services available 24/7
Respect is an integral component of relationships, which is why Love is Respect works with teens to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse. Their site offers you dating basics, signs of abuse and opportunities to get help if you need it. Peer advocates are always there to answer your questions. You’ll love their Teen Dating Bill of Rights — and so will your partner.
Social Clout: 18,365+ Facebook likes; 16,310+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @loveisrespect
Bragging Rights: 750,000 visitors a month
Scarleteen is the highest-ranked website for sex education and sexuality advice, and there’s no question why. They offer information and advice on a wide range of topics, as well as answer questions and host forums. They are comprehensive and detailed, providing the kind of insight you’re looking for every time you need it. It’s all sex ed but for the real world.
Social Clout: 14,690+ Twitter followers; 7,180+ Facebook likes
Twitter Handle: @Scarleteen
Break the Cycle
Bragging Rights: nonprofit organization providing dating abuse programs
BTC works to create teen-specific violence prevention education. They understand there is a gap in awareness and services for teens who experience dating abuse, so they do their best to fill it. Their site is brimming with information on warning signs to look out for, legal protections that are offered and ways for you to take action against it in your own relationships and others’.
Social Clout: 22,210+ Facebook likes; 11,220+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @Breakthecycledv
Bragging Rights: helpful teen dating courses
As a Teen Dating Mechnic, Lisa Jander takes the model of driver’s ed to a whole new level. Using a curriculum teens are comfortable with, she applies it to dating. She’ll teach you how to date defensively, navigate love cautiously and steer clear of any dangerous relationships. With Jander by your side, you won’t have to worry about reckless dating — she’ll clear the bumps in the road.
Social Clout: 7,335+ Facebook likes; 55+ Twitter followers
Twitter Handle: @DatersEd
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