How to Stay Safe: Safety Tips for Online Dating
Meeting people the ‘old-fashioned’ way is pretty much impossible now – especially with the current Coronavirus situation. More and more people are turning to online dating, but with so many different platforms out there and millions of people to search through, how do you keep yourself safe online?
We’ve put together a list of safety tips for online dating to help you stay safe online and get the most out of your online dating experience:
1. Choose the Right Online Dating Platform For You
Do your research before you sign up and find out what the different online dating platforms do to keep you safe. So many of the large, well-known dating apps literally let anyone sign up.
At Safer Date, every single one of our members must undergo an ID check before they are allowed to sign up or even browse through other profiles. We also offer global criminal background checks too!
So, while we might not be the right fit for you if you’re just looking for random hook-ups, we are right for people who are looking for a meaningful connection with a good, honest person.
2. Be Careful About How Much Personal Information You Share Online
Once you have chosen the right dating platform for you and you have signed up, be careful about how much information you share.
Take the time to chat online and to get know your match before you divulge too much about yourself.
3. Have a Telephone Conversation Before You Meet Up
Before you decide to take the plunge and go on that first date, have a telephone conversation or even a virtual video date.
This gives you the opportunity to get to know the other person even more, and you can get a better idea of your compatibility.
4. Use Public Transport or Take Your Own Car
It’s always a good idea to use your own transport when meeting someone for the first time.
Firstly, it’s good for your own safety, but it also means that you can make a quick getaway if the date doesn’t go as well as you hoped!
5. Meet Somewhere Public For Your First Date
Meeting someone new for a first date is really exciting, but you should always meet in a public place for the first couple of dates. A restaurant or café are ideal places where there will always be other people around.
6. Always Tell a Friend Where You’re Going
It’s always good practice to have a safety buddy when you’re dating online. Always tell your safety buddy when you are meeting someone new and where you are going.
7. Don’t Drink too Much!
If you are meeting in a bar for your first date, don’t drink too much alcohol. It’s always a good idea to keep your wits about you – especially when you’re meeting someone new.
8. Don’t Do Anything You’re Not Comfortable With
Whether it’s choosing the first date venue, choosing how the night goes, choosing the little things or the big stuff – don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with.
Be true to yourself and be yourself. You’ll never meet your perfect match if you pretend to be someone you’re not.
We hope these safety tips for online will help you. If safety is your top priority, try Safer Date. We’re the UK’s ONLY online dating agency to carry out ID checks on every person before they’re allowed to join and offer global criminal background checks too.