Online Dating Safety Tips
With online dating you date at your pace and you never have to reveal any personal details about yourself unless you wish to do so. Here are some online and offline dating tips for you for practicing:
First Step: Online dating
– Take your time getting to know someone online before giving any personal information about yourself and before arranging to meet him/her.
– Don’t lie in your profile or upload a fake photograph. Do you want to meet someone who is faking his/her identity or photo?
– It is a good idea to set up a free email account like yahoo. This way you do not have to use your main personal email address in the event that you no longer wish to have contact with a member.
– Be careful if you think a member is lying to you. Beware of someone who pressurizes you for anything inc. personal details or an early date.
If someone is making you feel uncomfortable stop messaging him/her. Reputable dating sites provide features for you to report inappropriate messaging or even blocking these users.
Next Step: Offline dating
– If you would like to meet someone “offline” only reveal minimal information to begin with. Start with your email address and then maybe your mobile. As email and even phone number can be changed easily if necessary.
– If you call another member use the “block my number” feature to prevent your number appearing on his/her phone.
– If you arrange to meet someone, always make sure the meeting point is in a public place and preferably in daylight for the first meeting. Always let someone else know who you are going to meet, where you are going and what time you should be back home.
– If you’re drinking alcohol, don’t drink too much and never leave your drink unattended.
Finally, be sensible and trust your instincts – they are usually right!