Guidelines for safe online dating

With a population of over 320 million people, there must be hundreds, if not thousands, of online dates happening across the USA every single day.

Occasionally you hear a dating horror story on the news where someone has had a bad experience and been stalked or even attacked by someone they met online, but this is very rare.

But you should always be aware that some people are online for less honest purposes.

So how do you avoid these undesirable people and stay safe whilst online dating?

No, I’m not saying you should get a big burly bodyguard, just someone who you trust to look out for you.

When planning to meet up with someone, of course always organise to meet somewhere public where there are people around and you will be safe. But also let your Security Detail person know where you will be meeting.

If it feels strange online, it could get even stranger when you actually meet in person.

A great tip is to ask someone to be your own personal safety monitor.

Send them a quick txt with the details of when and where, and ideally also the details of who.

It doesn’t hurt to send them the person’s name, mobile number and anything identifying that you may know about them such as their surname, where they live, what they do for work, even where they work if known.

First impressions speak volumes when meeting someone and that goes for online too.

If someone contacts you and something just doesn’t feel right about his or her profile, or the content of their conversation, or the way in which they chat to you, go with your gut.

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