Even if it is just a telephone number and an email address - make sure you have contact details about your date beyond their online user name.Check them out online The advantage of everyone living their lives online now is that you’ll be able to verify a person’s identity before you meet them by looking them up on social media.There’s no need to get their inside leg measurement and mother’s maiden name but, checking they are a "real person" before a date will give you piece of mind before you meet.If in doubt, delete them If in doubt about a person you meet online, stay safe and move on.As quick as it is to meet a person online it is to delete them.You are under no obligation to meet someone, regardless of how long you’ve been chatting to them, and, if you feel under any sort of pressure to do so, it’s time to move on.
The same goes for being picked up in their car from your house.
Give them a little insight before you meet them too, by letting them know who you’re meeting and where you are planning to go - and don’t feel awkward about nipping to the loo on the date to give them a quick text updating them of your whereabouts.
If you’re new to online dating or just want to up your online dating safety game - here are the 8 online dating safety tips everyone should know.
Know who you’re talking to Whether it’s an app you’re on or a dating site, be aware of the amount of information on offer from the people you are chatting to.
No one needs to know your home address within twenty-four hours of knowing you.Morning dates Dates are traditionally something which happen after dark, however, with the increased number of people online dating and meeting via apps, and the increased frequency of dates, it's not unusual to suggest a ‘day date’ - meeting for brunch, for example, or grabbing a bite to eat on a lunch break. Spread to the word Tell a friend (or five) about your date.