It also seems that peers play a role in holding adolescents back from going further.
"Although it varies by group, girls especially tend to have their own guidelines and rules that tend to limit extensive sexual relationships," says Connolly.
The study also found that three out of four young teens have never sexually touched or been touched above or below the waist.
In order to deal with this, parents must have good communication with their child, which may require outside help.
If your child is having sex in her early teens, Connolly suggests that parents speak with a family counsellor or a social worker.
Parents should always be on the lookout for signs of abuse, especially if their child is having sex.
Abuse has been found to increase with sex at a young age.
Dating is only one of many possible ways to develop self-esteem.