Guidelines for safe online dating

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Online dating has come a long way in the past 10 years or so.It was once considered ‘uncool’ to use dating sites, some even thought that people who used them were ‘desperate’.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.There is no hard and fast rule about when the right time is to move offline and meet up in person.Some people like to chat online only briefly, but others take longer to feel like they want to meet.Many people who formed a relationship with someone online even lied about how they met!

A great tip is to ask someone to be your own personal safety monitor.If it feels strange online, it could get even stranger when you actually meet in person.If you feel at all suspicious that the person that you are talking to is perhaps not being truthful with their answers, or perhaps are hiding something from you, go with that gut feeling.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.

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