I can guarantee it will be awkward but you are setting yourself up to be the trusted, informed adult – something that will only serve you both should anything “like totally embarrassing” happen online.

************** February is also home to Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Today’s teens are flirting in an entirely different landscape.

If users “like” each other, they are alerted and are then able to start a private messaging conversation.

(Tinder is rated 12 and has a 13 age requirement.) Ok Cupid: Ok Cupid is an app and website that allows users to create a profile which can be rated by other users.

Ask them if they or their friends use any of these apps.

Ask them what stories they have heard or what experiences they have had personally.

(Skout is rated 12 and has a 13 age requirement.) Lulu: Lulu is an app that lets its female users anonymously rate and review men they have dated or gone out with.

(Lulu is rated 17 and has an 18 age requirement.) Tingle: Tingle allows users to find other Tingle users in the area, flirt via text, and make phone calls to another user without exchanging their real world contact information.

Tinder: Tinder is an app that links to a user’s Facebook profile.

Tinder gathers a user’s basic information and matches them with potential candidates that are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends, and common interests.

When I was growing up, we did a little flirting and playful messaging through AOL Instant Messenger (gasp!