Things can get murky, though, for teens that are farther apart in age.
Even if the younger person agrees to have sex, which is called giving consent, the older person can still be criminally charged. When the age difference is more than a few years, you need to be very careful.
In Canada, there are laws that protect young people from what’s known as sexual exploitation.
Basically, the law is written so that it’s legal for teens that are close in age to be sexual with each other.
Kids Help Phone can’t provide legal advice, but you are welcome to contact us if you want to talk about any concerns or questions you have about dating someone older or younger. Beyond the physical and emotional issues, there are major legal implications to dating someone much older when you’re a teen.
For example, it is against the law for a fifteen year old to be sexual with someone older than 20, and it’s not legal for a 13 year old to be sexual with anyone older than 15.
If you are approached by someone who is a lot older than you, stop and think about the legal issues.