Safe Online Dating
Post date: 2008-12-04
Online dating can lead to wonderful relationships, romance and adventure. Only very occasionally will you ever hear about something going wrong. By employing a few basic guidelines you can make sure you play safely.
Stay anonymous at the beginning
As you build trust, you can reveal more about yourself. At first be sure not to reveal your full name, where you live or other contact information at this early stage.
Take things slowly to start and build trust. Take one step at a time. Begin by exchanging emails, swap recent photos, and chat via Instant Messenger.
Remember to set up an email account especially for your online dating correspondence. Don't use your real name in your email address.
Some say looks are important, others personality! Either way, request a photo from your potential date. It's a good way to check who you are talking has described themselves fairly well!
Arrange to meet somewhere public where there's a lot of people. Make sure you know you're route home so you don't miss the last train or bus, and keep a number to call for a taxi incase you're late or there's been a change of plan.
Only give out your phone number when you feel comfortable. You probably have already exchanged emails and chatted via instant messenger. Chatting by phone will give you both a chance to get to know each other better and is a good way to assess your potential date's social skills.
If you are traveling some way to meet someone for the first time, don't agree to stay at their place. Instead arrange a hotel and if your budget allows, rent a car. This way if your date isn't successful you have a place of your own to go.