How to use online dating safely

Tell a friend Make sure that someone knows you’re on a date and where you are.

Also, try to text that friend if there’s a change to the plan – or just to keep them updated about how it's going.

“My advice would be to not accept a date with someone straight after making contact.

I remember meeting someone on a dating site who asked me on a date straight after we matched.

The vast majority of people using dating services, are there with good, honest intentions. At the risk of sounding like a killjoy, it’s important to stop for a minute and make sure you’re aware of the pitfalls and risks.

Here is our advice, for using dating services, safely: One of the golden rules of online dating is don’t exchange personal information.

Do as much research as you can, trust your judgement and make an informed decision before meeting up with someone. If you go for a coffee or a drink, it is much easier to end the date than if you’ve committed to a sit down meal.

But by the same token, if it goes well, you can easily carry on and let it turn into lunch or dinner. I had no interest in the guy whatsoever, and the mature response would have been to have dinner (as planned), split the bill and go home.

And if you’re really not sure, run it by a friend that you trust to get some advice.

With hindsight, I’d say - try to have a conversation, get a feel for who they are, what their interests are, what they do for a living.” Anna Apply a filter Would you say the same things with someone face-to-face? Picture sharing Whether its your profile pictures or those sent to individuals you’re chatting to, think before you share.

Sharing naked or provocative images can attract attention that you may not be looking for and could lead to risky situations that are beyond your control.

I then started to feel quite worried as we'd met not far from my work and I might have mentioned that I worked in the area...

Luckily after a few bad emails I never heard from him again.” Carrie Go public Another golden rule of dating is; always meet in a public place.


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