If you’re thinking of trying online dating, there are several rules to follow when it comes to dating safely.
Remember, when you are meeting someone for the first time, to meet in a public place. Let a friend know where you are going and never give out your last name or home address. Practice these safe cyberdating tips and enjoy the experience. For more relationship advice, visit Genconnect TV
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Tyra Banks featured a segment on her show about online dating, hook ups, and sexting.
She started The Tyra Show by stating that 60% of women say the Internet has changed their sex lives. She asked the audience to stand up if they had ever sex texted. Very few were willing to admit they had indulged in the habit. Tyra said she had an audience full of liars.
On the program Tyra said, “Personally I am not against online dating. There are a million steps you need to take before meeting that person, in person.”
Tyra doesn’t recommend meeting someone online if you are a teenager. “Please do not do that. It’s not safe,” she said. I have to agree. Most online dating sites require you to be 18 years or older to sign up.
Tyra’s panel consisted of four women in favor of sexting, and four who were vehemently against it for safety and self-esteem reasons.
One panelist said she likes to sex-text her boyfriend before he goes to sleep at night. Another panelist says it helps her relationship with her boyfriend while she is away at college.
I subscribe to the safety first theory. Just last week I was a guest on WPIX in New York with Tamsen Fadal and the subject was, cyber-dating safety. I provided some ways to date online, safely, which included:
- Don’t give out your last name
- Don’t give out your home address
- Don’t talk about money
- If you’re uncomfortable, leave
Keep in mind, your online communication often becomes public record and can be indexed by Google and the search engines. Think twice before pressing the send button, turning on your webcam, or uploading that risky video. If your relationship doesn’t end well, you don’t want your sexting history out there for the world to see.
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Julie Spira is known worldwide as the Cyber-Dating Expert. She is the author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her at CyberDatingExpert.com
Online dating is a terrific way to meet someone when your friends aren’t fixing you up anymore. However, you don’t know who is behind the computer screen just yet.
Today we talked about some of my recommended online dating safety tips.
• Never Give Out Your Last Name – Protect your identity
• Never Give Out Your Address – I suggest that singles consider using a P.O. box for their mailing address
• Never Talk About Money – First date conversations should be light and casual
• Always Meet In A Public Place – If you uncomfortable, you can always leave
• Use the “Buddy System” (Telling a Friend Where You’ll Be and Who You’ll Be With)
Practice these tips for safe cyberdating and enjoy the experience while looking for love online.
Along with the joys of cyber-dating, it is important for singles to use caution and be aware of keeping your identity safe. Paul Falzone, CEO of The Right One/Together Dating Service offers terrific advice for practicing safe surfing while Looking for Love Online.
According to Falzone, there are many whose desire for romance will lead them to pick up the equivalent of hitchhikers online. Instant messaging, chat rooms and online personal ads have become an unavoidable part of the online experience, but who knows who might be on the other side of the keyboard?
“Keeping yourself and your identity safe when you’re looking for love online is challenging, but, not impossible,” adds Falzone. And he should know as the head of the largest brick-and-mortar dating service in the world.
“For every good-hearted man or woman looking for love, there is a dangerous line-up of shady characters that includes con men, liars and the most violent of criminals. Give out too much information, or even a little, as you chat and you may find yourself a victim of a cyber stalker, harassment, identity theft or worse,” said Falzone.
In light of some recent tragedies of online dating gone wrong and the significant rise in identity theft, Falzone offers 10 key cyber-dating safety tips with terrific advice on how to avoid online harassment and cyber stalking as well as compromised personal information:
1· Do not fill out online profiles for free e-mail accounts that you may use when chatting or instant messaging. Even the most seemingly innocuous piece of information, when coupled with the personal information that may slip out in conversation can be used to pry into your personal life.
2· Be aware that an abundance of personal information can be harvested through both free and paid Web sites. Be very leery of any additional information you may post on a personal homepage or social network sites such as MySpace, Facebook and others.
3. Avoid using screen names that reveal your identity or location.
4· Be sure to protect your computer and your personal information by installing and keeping computer security software up-to-date to deter online thieves.
5· Don’t respond to, and block, any annoying, threatening or harassing e-mail.
6· When mail or phone contact is necessary, such as when using auction sites, try to use an office phone number and address or a postal box.
7 · Be aware of any vague or inconsistent information that a correspondent provides.
8· Be skeptical of any photo they send that look too professional or “too good to be true.” It may just be an image pulled from the Net.
9· If you become the victim of stalking or harassing behavior, don’t hesitate to report it to the legal authorities just as you would with such treatment offline. You may also be able to report such conduct to the offending parties Internet Service Provider.
Whether you use an online dating or singles’ service or even one of the “brick and mortar” variety, ask questions to gauge how well they will protect and serve you. Do they conduct background checks? Are their safeguards to ensure that members are not married or have criminal records? Will they offer a guarantee? Are they in good standing with local business associations and the Attorney General’s office?
Falzone continued, “There is no way to be completely safe or secure when using the Internet as a meeting place. But by being skeptical, and using your head as much as your heart, it is possible to have fun without attracting unnecessary danger.”
Now catering to more than 300,000 members at over 60 locations throughout North America, The Right One and Together Dating are the largest brick and mortar dating services in the industry. The Right One and Together Dating offer a more consistent product, a greater number of potentially compatible mates and added value of flexibility in transferring memberships to another geographic region.