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The lockdown restrictions of the past year have led many people to use dating apps to find a romantic partner, and many couples have been forced to connect virtually to stay safe during the pandemic.
I met my boyfriend online, and with the current restrictions connecting online is often safer and easier than trying to meet someone in person. But with online dating can come other safety issues, and it’s important that we don’t forget internet safety in the advent of this fantastic new way to connect.
Below are 3 tips to stay safe while dating online, making sure you’re always looking out for your mental and physical health.
Block and Delete
This is such an important precedent to set. There are lots of lovely people out there- but there are also some weirdos. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, make sure to block them and delete their details. And if someone becomes abusive- you can even contact the platform you’re using and report the user.
When meeting someone online, it’s also a good idea to make sure you have the same priorities as any potential partners. Do they want a serious relationship? Do they want someone to chat to during the pandemic? Do they just want a few dates? All of these are fine- but you need to make sure you’re on the same page 🙂
Meet in a Public Place
Depending on the restrictions in place at the time, once you’ve connected online you may want to meet up with a potential partner. But it’s important to make sure you meet somewhere that you feel comfortable, and a public place is always your best shot.
At the moment, most meetings will have to be outside- so choose a place you know there will be others around should you need help or feel uncomfortable.
Meeting people in your local area is also a great way to make sure any dates you go on are safe and legal- and there are a few great ways for Lancashire singles to find a date in Lancashire meaning you can find people in your local area to meet up with safely.
Don’t Give Out Information
This seems like an obvious one- but it can be easy to forget when you’re enjoying someone’s company online. Don’t give anyone your personal details or your contact number, and don’t send any pictures you may later regret.
It can be difficult if you’re having fun with someone online, or even if you think you might be developing feelings- but try to remember to keep some things to yourself and always look out for your mental and physical health first and foremost.
Do you have any tips for staying safe while dating online? What are your virtual date ideas? How do you stay safe online?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x