It all depends on the child and love interest. And level of maturity. Don' t date just because its " cool" or " all the popular girls/boys have girl/boy friends so having a girl/boy friend will make me popular too" or just because u don't want to be alone or that u don't want to hurt the person's feelings.That isn't OK. But if u truly are happy and really like that person and its approved by ur parents and ur old enough then go for it. That being said I think that in general the age range is 11 and up. That also being said I think its up to the parents to determine the actual age.