Once you -- and your parents -- feel ready and you've found someone you like and who likes you, you can start going out.
But when you begin any new relationship, take it slow.
"I think people are ready at different times," says L.
Girls who've set their sights on older guys, beware.
Dating a guy who's in high school when you're still in middle school, or who's a senior when you're still a freshman might seem cool, but it could get you into a lot of trouble.
Whatever the reason, your parents might not want you to go out with anyone until you reach a certain age.
Depending on how easygoing or strict your parents are, that age could be as young as 13 or 14, or as old as 18.
Before you ask out the object of your affection, or say, "yes" to someone who's interested in you, go through this checklist of questions to make sure you're ready to handle whatever might happen in your new relationship.