The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that on average, girls begin dating as early as 12 and a half years old, and boys a year older.
Can I have a boyfriend at 12?
There is no law about when you are old enough to have a girlfriend or boyfriend, unlike the age of consent. You need to know your child well, because some children may be ready for a relationship at 12 but another not until they are 17.
Is it OK for a 10 year old to kiss?
You are right to question this type of romantic behavior at this early age, says Dr. “It is age-appropriate for 10 year olds to be curious, but limits should be established for physical touch. Kissing and other behaviors are more developmentally appropriate behaviors for teenagers who are of dating age.”