In the old days you would have got a few relationship skills under your belt before you got anywhere near taking off your belt.
These days, the internet, the smartphone, messaging and Skype have turned that millennia-old dynamic on its head.
Gone are the days of chaperones, or even the social mores that kept young people’s behaviour in check.
Nothing is observed by the community any longer, so the ancient notion of shame as a basic regulator of behaviour has gone.
I’ve come across more and more parents like her in recent months who fear they are losing their teenage children to their online worlds.