Online Dating Risks
Be informed and educated about the online dating risks before you jump into the virtual world of dating. Dating is soooo much fun but unless you do it the right way, it could literally ruin your good times.
You see it in the media and you hear about it on the evening news when some unsuspecting woman has gone missing or turned up raped, after having gone out with a casual acquaintance. And in extreme cases, a few women have turned up dead after meeting someone they have met online.
I'm not telling you this to scare you but you must know by now that the world we live in is not all that it seems. There are crazy men and women walking the streets, joining chat lines and dating services, just like you and me.
And if you're not careful about the information you're sharing, the quality of the folks you're entertaining, or your own guidelines for internet safety, then you, too, could become a statistic.
And because I don't want that to happen to you, I'm encouraging you to do your due diligence and educate yourself about the online dating risks and the protocol for keeping your family and yourself safe in this digital world.
Some tips to help you with your online dating experience:
Always meet your date in a public place. This is a no- brainer. After sometime and after you have developed some trust can that location be moved to a more intimate setting, although I would hold off meeting at your home until much later, if ever.
Tell a friend or family member of your whereabouts. The more
people who know where you are, what you're doing, and who you're with, the better the chances that you can be found should something unforeseen happen.
Don't consume alcoholic beverages while out with your date. This clouds the mind and chances are you won't be aware of all that you would be if you weren't drinking. And most certainly, never get drunk while out on a date with an online partner, and never leave your drink unattended. If he wants to buy you a drink, go with him.
Never give out your address or personal information. Again .. another no-brainer.
Trust your inner voice. If something seems not right, accept it and cut the date short. Basically, get the hell out of there and don't offer to apologize. Your life is all that you have and should someone have grave intentions for you, I doubt they will take the time to say I'm sorry after they have just tried to ruin your life.
There are more resources for you when assessing the online dating risks and what that means to you. Check out all the information you can find on the subject but don't forget to prepare yourself for a good time, which is what you will likely have if you do it the sane and cautious way!
Happy Dating ...