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By the time your child has entered Grade 12, you probably have a pretty good idea of how responsible s/he is on a day to day basis. You also are familiar with their friends, and have even met their friend's parents through common activities like school, church and sports. Group dating is certainly an option to start breaking the protectiveness that is natural to parenting, and try to believe that your son or daughter will continue to act wisely and safely outside of your direct supervision.