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					The following are two articles found on the “Newomen” website that offer
safety suggestions if you decide to participate in online dating….


1) Online Dating Safety Tips from:

Online personals and dating is a great way to meet that special someone,
however it is important to approach it with safety as your first priority.
While most online services are very secure and do a good job at helping
ensure your privacy and confidentiality, you are ultimately responsable for
your own safety.

Most services do not pre-screen their users, therefore they cannot assume
any responsability for the people you meet through their sites. This
officially grants you the title of screener, a responsability which you must
take very seriously. After all, if you are comfortable and feel secure online,
you will have much more fun with online dating!

Here are a few good security tips:

1- Never reveal your last name or address to a stranger. If telephone
numbers are exchanged, try to use a cell phone with a private number. If
you call a stranger at home, always use caller ID blocking to maintain your

2- Do not use your primary EMAIL address for online dating
correspondence - create an anonymous Email account (such as a Hotmail
account) to correspond with potential dates.

3- If you decide to meet that special someone, always meet in a public
place - NEVER meet in private for your first date! Always let someone know
where you are going.

4- Be honest about who you are and what you are seeking - do not reveal
more than you normally would in a face to face first meeting. If your online
contact attempts to presure you into revealing more than you are
comfortable with, re-evaluate his/her intentions.

5- Always review the security and confidentiality policy of the online dating
service you are using. Many of the better known online dating sites have
very good privacy policies. A list of top dating sites is available at .

6- Don't rush into a face to face meeting - take your time, chat up a storm
and get to know each other. Is the person on the other end being honest,
or do you get the feeling they are just saying what you want to hear. You
are the sole judge and jury in this love trial - use your best judgement!

In conclusion, safety should be your #1 priority as you venture into the
world of online dating. Go slow, take your time to and get to know you
potential dates. Like the song says, "Only fools rush in" - taking your time
will only increase your chances of meeting that special someone and at the
same time help weed out the bad seeds!

Andy Thompson is owner and operator of - A
Woman's Guide to Online Dating - he can be reached at the following


2) Dating Online – Safety Precautions from: AND

It pays to play it safe when dating online and whenever you meet someone
new it is always wise to be wary.
                         Online Safety for Women Project                                   2
                   Sponsored by the BC Rural Women’s Network
                 Funded by Status of Women Canada and National Crime Prevention Strategy
                                (Project Year: April 2005-April 2006)
The following are some tips to ensure your safety when dating online.

Before your date

- Never give out your personal email address. Make use of the anonymous
communication systems offered by all good online dating services. This will
allow you to give out as little personal information as you would like.

- Ask for his full name. This can deter predators and unscrupulous people
who lurk around others.

- Don't give out your personal details such as home address telephone
number to people who you haven’t met and feel safe with.

- Trust your instincts and if unsure of someone's intentions ask them for
references from family and friends

The First Date

- Consider bringing some friends out on the first date. This offers a much
safer environment and is a less threatening first option after meeting.

- Keep a personal alarm in your handbag. This can alert others if you are in

- Make your own way to & from the date. That way you conceal your
address and prevent potential stalking.

- If you are feeling unsafe don't be afraid to get up and leave. As was said
earlier, trust your instincts, if you have a strange feeling it is always better
to play it on the safe side and excuse yourself politely.

- Let friends and family know where you are and what time you will be
getting home

                         Online Safety for Women Project                                   3
                   Sponsored by the BC Rural Women’s Network
                 Funded by Status of Women Canada and National Crime Prevention Strategy
                                (Project Year: April 2005-April 2006)
- Always carry a cell phone.

- Meet in public places.

- Be cautious about drinking anything that you haven't seen prepared.

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                         Online Safety for Women Project                                   4
                   Sponsored by the BC Rural Women’s Network
                 Funded by Status of Women Canada and National Crime Prevention Strategy
                                (Project Year: April 2005-April 2006)