After a year of working with Zhang, Akama won the 2009 National New Silk Road Modeling Competition's Children Pageant.
At the end of the day, "it's better than saying they shouldn't date at all." "What is healthy is being in a group of boys and girls and transitioning from same-sex-only groups into groups in contact with the other sex," says Connolly.
The only difference is that while Justin and Selena have a two-year age gap, there is a 12-year age difference between Zhang and Akama—he is 24 and she is ... But despite the age difference being illegal, the couple are not trying to hide their love.
In fact, they have made their relationship very public by flirting and posting photos on China's popular social media site, Weibo.
"But I didn't start dating until I was 18," says Mom. According to one survey, nearly half of teens between the ages of 11 to 14 years old are dating.
More and more parents are faced with this dilemma today.
Groups can offer a safe, protective way for kids to learn.