Limits governing sexual contact between two minors vary from allowing two to four years' difference.
Some states, including Michigan and Georgia, set a definite age of consent.
In these states, it is a crime for anyone to have sexual contact with someone under the age of consent.
Even if the dating or intimate relationship your teen wants to get involved with is legal, you should consider the risks inherent in allowing your teen to date someone who is more than a year or two older or younger that he or she is.
The mental, emotional and physical differences between a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old are much more significant than they are between two adults of similar age differences.
Bill Albert of the Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy claims that research has repeatedly shown that teens who date someone older are more likely to engage in sexual behavior and to become pregnant.
When your teen wants to date someone significantly older or younger, dating becomes especially complicated.
You and your teen need to be aware of your state's laws and consider the risks inherent in teens dating outside of their age group.