Generally, the preference is not regarded by psychologists as a pathology when it does not interfere with other major areas of one's life, and is not listed by name as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), the ICD-10, or as a paraphilia.
Researchers state that hebephilia, erotic interest which centers on young pubescents, has not come into widespread use, even among professionals who work with sex offenders, and may have been confused with the term ephebophilia, which denotes a preference for older adolescents.
Kid Chat is apart of the 321 Teen chat community where chatters can be between the ages of 13 and 19.
Kid Chat room is for chatters 13 to 16 years of age.
In most places you have to be at least 16 to consent, if not 17 or 18. The age and maturity differences are too great between those 2 ages.
The law in most states usually restricts older people from having SEX with people under 14 which is another reason why 16yos should not be dating 12yos. There is nothing illegal about dating no matter what the ages are.
According to psychologist and sexologist James Cantor, it is "very common for regular men to be attracted to 18-year-olds or 20-year-olds.
It's not unusual for a typical 16-year-old to be attractive to many men and the younger we go the fewer and fewer men are attracted to that age group." Ephebophilia is used only to describe the preference for mid-to-late adolescent sexual partners, not the mere presence of some level of sexual attraction.
If the minors parents/gaurdiens approve, there shouldn't be a conflict. Until a person reaches 18, or the age of majority, they must have parental permission for all social activities, including dating.
Age of consent is only an issue when sex is involved.
Please monitor you child use of this site, while we strive to be a family friendly chat site for kids, we have volunteer moderators that are not always present.
We can not guarantee everything posted within our chat room is age appropriate.
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