Dating

How to stay safe when online dating

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Online dating is becoming increasingly popular and with so many different sites available to use, it’s important to remember your own safety at all times. The last thing you want is to get into an uncomfortable situation

When using a dating app/site, always make yourself familiar with the rules and regulations. These will tell you how to block or report any unwanted messages or attention that you don’t want. Remember, these are put in place to help you stay safe.

Keep your profile simple and never disclose any personal details such as phone number or address on there. Similarly, be aware of this when messaging back and forth too.

Set your profile with preferences that you choose including age and location. Again, to help maximise who you’re in contact with but to also limit those who you don’t wish to speak to.

When you go on a date, always meet in a public place that you are familiar and comfortable with.

Ensure you are able to get to and from the venue easily and if you’re using public transport, be aware of timetables etc, so that you don’t get left stranded.

Always make sure someone knows where you are and who you are with, give them a quick text during the date if you can so they know how the date is going.

If you feel uncomfortable at any point during your date, consider your options for leaving early.

If the date is going to finish earlier than expected, have a backup plan with friends if possible so someone can pick you up if needed. Also, remember that staff working where you are will be able to help if needed.

Remember if you feel uncomfortable at anytime you can leave. If you find yourself in a bad situation then always try to seek help from staff members or even people nearby.

On the whole, online dating is a fun and enjoyable experience and it’s a great way to meet new people.

If you’re still nervous about going on a date, maybe it’s even your first date, then check out more of our relationship and dating advice here. We’ve got you covered on everything from what to wear to when to introduce them to your parents.

Don’t be scared, have fun. If at the end of it all it doesn’t work out then see it as a new experience to add to your list.

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