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When you're forming an online relationship, it's important to make sure you stay safe until you get to know someone well enough. By just practicing a few easy steps, you'll 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 person's intentions is by talking to him or her on the phone.
2. Meet where there's 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. Don't give up too much personal information. It's 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 don't 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 it's via an online relationship or not, should be fun and safe experience.