Time:  Jun 02, 2021
Location:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Virtual

“What are the risks to online dating for my teen?” “How can I help my teenager navigate digital communication in her new relationship?” “Are teenage dating apps safe?” “How do I start a conversation about the risks of sexting?”

Like many elements of life, dating and relationships are increasingly reliant on digital apps and communication. Digital dating allows opportunities for meeting new people and communicating even from a distance, but also poses many risks, especially to young people. On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Children and Screens hosted “Modern Love: The Delights and Dangers of Digital Dating,” an Ask the Experts webinar. An interdisciplinary panel of experts discussed the good, the bad, and the ugly of online dating – from finding deep friendship and lasting connection to anxieties, self-esteem blows, and the potential for violence. In addition, the group shared advice for how you can support your teens as they navigate the online world of dating, by encouraging healthy habits while also building them up after devastating blows.


  • Elizabeth Englander, PhD

    Executive Director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center Professor of Psychology Bridgewater State University
  • Sarah Flicker, PhD

    Professor, York Research Chair (Tier2) in Community-Based Participatory Research, Environmental Arts & Justice Coordinator York University
  • Jeff Temple, PhD

    John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Community Health, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Director, Center for Violence Prevention, The University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Sarah DeGue, PhD

    Senior Health Scientist Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Video and Resources

Watch a recording of the webinar "Modern Love: The Delights and Dangers of Digital Dating," read the transcript, and view other related content in Learn and Explore.