Here is a SAFETY CHECKLIST to consider when dating online and meeting potential dates.
Fortunately today apps like Hinge and Bumble give you the opportunity to anonymously talk to your date via live video chat. Great way to stay safe and work out whether this is someone you want to meet up with.
Most apps nowadays have privacy buttons you can activate if you want to be incognito. Great way to search without being identified.
Don't give out any personal information ever.
Tell a friend where you are going to meet a prospective date and give them the dates phone number. Information like this is crucial to police should something go wrong.
Meet in public places, go out of your neighbourhood.
Use a certain set of photos just for dating sites only. Don't use a photo professionally that can be googled on Google images and can then give exact locations of where you work.
Don't let them know where you live on the first date.
Never let a date meet you at home or pick you up from home no matter how sincere they seem.
Never use the internet for online dating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Remember photos can be searched on Google images.
Block anyone suspicious.
Take time to get to know someone before meeting but don't leave it weeks.
Do a background check - google a date if you have enough details.
Don't drink too much on the first date.
If you're uncomfortable, get up and leave.
A lot of spelling mistakes and bad grammar on a profile when someone has stated they are university educated may be a red flag.
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