Ariel Winter on Her Dating Life – With Mom in Tow
09/23/2011 AT 10:30 AM EDT
"I do like my boys," the Modern Family actress, 13, told PEOPLE on the sitcom's winning night at Sunday's Emmy Awards. "I'm pretty smart with boys. I know how to handle them and I know what to do around them."
Even though Winter is confident around males, her interest in dating brings out her mom's protective side.
"If I go on dates, my mom is always with me," she says. "She's always there making sure I'm all right. Like if I go to see a movie with a boy, she'll go to dinner next door."
But when it comes to talking about dating to her dad, the two are on a don't-ask-don't-tell basis.
"My dad does worry, but he doesn't know half the things," Winter explains. "He's just like, 'Don't tell me. Don't tell me and it's all right.' "