Cyber Dating Safety

Safety precautions are necessary when dating online.Safety precautions are necessary when dating online.

It's easy to get caught up in the romance of meeting someone new, but protecting your privacy is of vital importance when cyber dating. Utilizing common sense safety measures can make cyber dating a positive experience.

Keep it Private

Never give out your address or home phone number when you first meet someone online. Keep other personal information, such as the name of your employer, to yourself until the relationship is well-established.

Keep it Public

Meet for the first time at a public place.

Always choose a public location for your first meeting. Preferred locations include coffee shops, restaurants or parks where lots of people congregate.

The Buddy System

Julie Spira, author of "The Perils of Cyber-Dating," suggests using a buddy system for initial meetings. Tell a friend who you are meeting and where you're going. Halfway through the date, excuse yourself to the restroom and call or text your friend to let her know how it's going. If you feel uncomfortable with your date, don't hesitate to end it early.

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About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Angela Tedson has been writing slice-of-life articles since 2005. Her work has appeared in "Southern Family" magazine and "Angie's List" magazine. Tedson holds an Associate of Arts degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta.

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