How To Stay Safe When Online Dating

It might have been a while since either of us went on a date, but with three grown-up children we’re definitely aware of online dating and the pros and cons of this. As parents, one of the biggest concerns is that everyone stays safe. Meeting someone off of the internet for whatever reason is something that everyone should take seriously and make sure they take responsibility for their own safety.

How To Stay Safe When Online Dating

Whether you’re meeting someone from a Strathclyde dating website, or you’ve meet because you have a shared interest in a game and want to meet as friends, you should always air on the side of caution. Although it can be hard to take in, not everyone on the internet is who they say they are so always be extra cautious until you know.

Make sure that you’re meeting in a public place & that someone knows where you are going. Have a time that you’re going to check-in with a friend, so they know that you’re okay. Tell them who you are meeting and what your plans are. Of course, most of the time meeting someone for the first time turns out great and you did all that for nothing, but it is far better to be safe than sorry.

Meeting in a Pandemic

Of course, at the moment there aren’t any public spaces you can really meet up in, as the Government wouldn’t count dating as an essential journey. However, if there is one thing the events of 2020 taught us is that technology is our friend. If you have joined up to a dating website and found someone you want to meet up with, there is no harm in making plans for when the world goes back to normal.

However, for now why not arrange some virtual dates? You could watch a film together while on a video call, even order a take away and have dinner ‘together’. Zoom and Skype are great for this so well worth doing. You could even join in some quizzes or online games together. Want something a bit more adventurous? Maybe an online escape room is more your thing! There have been so many fun options developed over the past few months, so there really is something for everyone.

Meeting Someone New

We are in lonely times and everyone is feeling the strain in their own way. If you are looking for a romantic connection there is nothing wrong with signing up to a dating website and seeing what it brings you way. The good news is that there are lots of dating websites out there, so whatever type of person you’re looking to meet there should be a website that suits you.

Sign up, take some time to write a decent profile, upload some photos and get going. If nothing else it can be a welcome distraction from the real world and who doesn’t need that at the moment?

Let us know how you get on if you do sign up to somewhere and meet someone new.

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