12 Tips For Safe Online Dating
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|There’s a nervousness, thrill, and excitement that
occurs when meeting a person for the first time face to face. Yet
amongst the thrill, remember to always be on your guard when going
out on a date with someone you barely know. |
Here are 12 tips
on dating safety to help you get started:
1. Arrange to
When meeting for the first time, never allow
your date to pick you up from your home. In fact, your date
shouldn't even know your home address yet!
2. Meet in
For a first meeting, always meet in a
public place where other people are in close proximity. You may also
want to consider going out with a group of people, or a double date.
3. Go dutch by paying half of the bill.
always respectful for the man to offer to pay the bill.
Unfortunately, some men ruin the gesture by expecting something in
return. Therefore it may not be a bad idea for you to go dutch. Pay
half the bill so that you won't feel under any obligation to
"return" the favor.
4. Remember that alcohol affects your
The biggest threat to a person's judgment,
when on a date, is alcohol. Not only does it affect your judgment,
but alcohol also lessens your inhibitions. If you are drinking, keep
your drink in sight at all times and don’t get so drunk that you
don’t know what you are doing. Better yet, try to avoid alcohol on
your first date.
5. Use your own mode of
Provide your own transportation to your
public meeting place and make sure you have more than enough gas.
6. Don't assume that a man is safe.
important never to let your guard down when on a first date. Never
assume a man is safe just because he claims to be religious or a
7. Don’t let him know where you live.
If you want to see him again, arrange a second date and then
take it from there.
8. Avoid secluded areas.
Remember - stay in a public place for your first date and
avoid secluded areas such as parks.
9. Listen to your
If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
And if you haven’t met him before, and you know at the beginning of
the date that something doesn’t feel right, then leave immediately.
10. Always let someone else know where you're going.
Be sure someone knows where you are going and who you'll be
with. You might even consider arranging a time to call and check in.
Or you could arrange to meet up with friends later that night.
11. Give him your cell phone number.
safer to give out a cell phone number instead of your home phone
number (click here for why).
12. Always remain alert.
Even if you’re having a blast and the chemistry is great,
it’s a good idea to remain alert the whole evening. Make sure you
have a cell phone on you.
Dating safely is very important.
In the initial stages of dating and online dating, you are still
getting to know someone you know very little about. By creating a
safe environment to know the person, you’re creating a better
situation for yourself.