8 Tips for Staying Safe When Online Dating
In there were 33 reported offences while in there were That's a six-fold increase in five years. The numbers are still relatively small when you consider how many people use online dating websites each year. But the figures are expected to rise again as the popularity of dating websites continue to grow. BBC Crimewatch has done an investigation into the safety of online dating.
We're not suggesting you have to lie, but it might be worth being a bit ambiguous with your choice of username. And it makes it much harder for you to be tracked down on other websites like Facebook or Twitter. The NCA report says that in more than half of the sexual assault cases reported there were communications of a sexual nature before they met.
It is easy to open up to people online. It can almost feel as though you are freer to be more emotionally honest. And it's not just money to think about either - if they are asking personal or uncomfortable staying safe while online dating you don't have to answer. You have been talking to this person online for a while now, and you've both decided you want to meet up. You can view the full list of online dating safety tips at Get Safe Online.
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