March 23, 2007, Newsletter Issue #161: Being Safe In An Online Relationship

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When youíre forming an online relationship, itís important to make sure you stay safe until you get to know someone well enough. By just practicing a few easy steps, youíll find that the online relationship can be just as safe as getting to know a date through any other means.

1. Get to know your date before you meet. Talk on the phone first. Although emails are convenient and easy, a much better way to gauge a personís intentions is by talking to him or her on the phone.
2. Meet where thereís a lot of foot traffic. When you do decide to set up that first date, some safe places to go are restaurants in a well-populated area, a popular coffeehouse, or a museum.
3. Donít give up too much personal information. Itís fine to get to know someone and ask questions, but save your home address and place of work for a time when you know your date a little better than an initial email chat.
4. Trust your instinct. If something feels amiss about a situation or you donít feel comfortable meeting your date at a particular place, cancel the meeting or schedule it at a place you do feel comfortable at. Dating, whether itís via an online relationship or not, should be fun and safe experience.

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