Should I let my 13 year old son hang out with 17-18 year old boys?

I am hesitant because from what I observe, children who hang out with older crowds are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviours. We recently had a 14 year old who died from being given drugs in our city. His mom told the news that he hung out with 18, 19 and 20 year olds because he struggled to relate to kids... show more I am hesitant because from what I observe, children who hang out with older crowds are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviours. We recently had a 14 year old who died from being given drugs in our city. His mom told the news that he hung out with 18, 19 and 20 year olds because he struggled to relate to kids his own age. I do not want anything to happen to my own kids. Generally, it’d be very hard to supervise him and his friends because most older teens don’t want a parent around. I’m sure my son would be embarrassed by me as well.
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