February….the month of Love!
When you meet a hot new romantic prospect online, or in person,
follow these safety guidelines.
Not playing the dating game?
These tips can apply to almost any situation you may find yourself in!
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* Don’t Give a Stranger Personal Deets*
Does that Bumble prospect really need to know where you were raised or your mother’s maiden name?
A stalker or predator can find you through this information.
*Don’t Give Out Your Number Too Early*
Think twice before you hand over your phone number to text. That phone is one more link to you and tech savvy predator can hack into your phone or track your whereabouts.
*Don’t Post Identifying Info*
Yeah, it’s tempting to post humble-brag photos of your new car or apartment on social media, but you may not realize just how much about yourself those little things can reveal.
*Googling Someone isn’t Paranoid, It’s Smart*
If you knew ahead of time that your date had a criminal record, would you still go out with him or her? Always do a Google and social media searchs on a potential date. Try to verify what they are telling you about themselves.
*Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover*
Remember, everyone’s nice on the first date – even psychopaths. A nice smile and polite small talk doesn’t mean someone doesn’t have a dark side.
*Trust Your Gut*
If your instincts are telling you something is wrong, believe them!
*Watch Your Alcohol (Literally)*
Be aware of your limits and don’t drink so much that you lose control of the situation. Keep an eye on your glass or bottle to ensure nobody adds anything to it. Never leave your drink unattended. The same applies to food. Something can be slipped into that burger while you’re not looking.
*Have Your “Gotta Go” Excuse Ready*
Don’t be afraid to leave a date prematurely if the other person is making you uncomfortable. Develop and practice your “leaving early” statement before meeting up for the date.
*If You’re Not Feeling It, Don’t be Afraid to Ghost*
After you tell someone you’re not interested, never take their calls or emails again. Go off the grid. It’s not rude, it’s a clear signal to back off.