Dating and Relationship Safety

"Spicyhotmama44" might be the potential love of your life... but you can never be safe enough

Dating is an excellent way to get to know new people and to determine what you are looking for in relationships. Whether finding that special someone on-line through a dating service or by chance, you can never take enough precautions in health and safety. Here are some great do's and do not's to bypass the risks in dating and relationship safety.

On-line Love

With numerous dating website and on-line chat services, it's highly possible you can meet your mate with the help of the internet.

Tips for internet dating: - Choose a reputable site. Do your own research and ask friends for advice.

  • Choose an appropriate username: If you are looking for long-lasting love, you might want to reconsider the name "spicyhotmama44." Do not use your complete name as a username. Potential employers might come across your dating bio instead of your professional experience.

  • Honesty is the best policy: Be truthful about your hair and eye color, weight, height and interests.

Meeting for the first time

Whether you are meeting for the first time through the internet, a friend or dating service, the first date is the most important time to use extra precautions. Here is some risk-proof advice:

  • Never give your home address on-line or the first time you meet someone. In fact, you might want to meet in a public location like a coffee shop, restaurant or pub in a nearby neighborhood.

  • Never give your full name online or on the first date. It's too easy for someone to search everything about you.

  • Opt not to give your phone number. If the date doesn't work out, you don't want to have to change your phone number just because a creep won't stop calling you.

-Tell a friend where you are going and who you are meeting. You might also want to tell your friend to call to check in on you.

Health, safety and lasting relationships

A few dates have gone by and you aren't creeped out about having this person know where you live... now it's time to start thinking about health and physical safety. This is the perfect time to get tested for HIV/AIDS/STI's (sexually transmitted infections) with one another. Have the conversation about past sexual relationships and STI's. Talk about protective measures, like condoms, dental dams, birth control and contraceptives. Go to the doctor, a clinic or Planned Parenthood to fully discuss healthy options.

Beyond the Second Date

After a few successful dates, have your new sweetie meet your friends and family. They will help you gauge this person and their potential in your life. A few "dating screens" will help you know if this is the person for you. For example, now is the perfect time for your love-muffin to meet your crazy cousin and see how compatible he is with all of her quirks. If he doesn't run, it may be time to start ring shopping.

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About the Author

Kay W has more than 10 years of freelance writing experience, including technical papers, grants for youth and environmental nonprofits and consulting materials. With a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering and a Master of Arts in environmental organizational leadership, Kay W has a diverse educational and technical professional background.

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