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Your Tips For Staying Safe When Online Dating

Meeting a potential love interest on the Internet is not much different than Dating 1.0. If the person is a relative stranger, it's best to take precautions. I asked readers for safety tips specific to online dating, and here are seven experienced readers and Facebook fans offered.

  1. Take it very slow.
  2. Email back and forth first.
  3. Give a Google voice number instead of your real cellphone number.
  4. Meet in a public place for coffee.
  5. Bring a friend the first time you meet.
  6. At the first sign of a red flag, end things.
  7. Just follow your gut.

Anything to add?

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Gators0913 Gators0913 6 years
I met my boyfriend online, and had my own rules for when I was online dating. The biggest one for me was that I always told two people where I was going, when I would check in, and as much information about the guy as I had (usually first and last name and telephone number). I have never felt that online dating was any less safe than meeting someone in the grocery store or at the gym.
teramichelle teramichelle 6 years
#5 is a bit much. Both for your date, and your friend. Just make a point to tell a friend exactly where and when you're meeting the person, and give them his/her cell #. Also, make it very clear beforehand that you have somewhere to be after, that way you can make a quick escape if the date bombs.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
This may not always be possible to work into a conversation, but I don't think it's a bad idea to mention that you don't hook up on the first date. I think a lot of date rape may start out as a misunderstanding of intentions. So if you put that out there before even meeting, the other person is not getting up their hopes.
jill10014 jill10014 6 years
I see your list and agree with numbers 2, 4, 6, and 7 ..... #5 seems altogether stupid. How about meeting during the day even if you are agreeing to meeting in public. Why must women always play the victim?
heyamykate heyamykate 6 years
I actually heard this one on the radio: leave a note in your apartment and your car with the guy's first & last name and his phone number. Also very "CSI" but smart!
Tara-Block Tara-Block 6 years
These tips are really great! One of our Twitter followers offered another idea: take a pic of the license plate and send it to a friend. Seems straight out of a criminal drama TV show . . . love it!
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