Today's post is little bit different.....but I think - very important for our health too.
Online Relationship or even Dating is a very beautiful way to meet nice friends or even finding your love, and many times leads to marriage.
But... be aware...you can find a friend, or...it might lead to disaster or even ...death.
Be aware! Be wary! Be alert! Be safe!
Online Relationship and specially Dating online is just a little bit different than in "the real world".
In the offline world, you take your safety seriously, so why don't some take their safety seriously in the online world?
Essential Rules to Safely Navigate Online Relationships and Dating:
Always Use your Best Judgment – Be careful of those who Ask for money. Ask inappropriate questions, wants to speed up the pace beyond your comfort level, tell stories with inconsistencies, give vague answers to specific questions, urge you to compromise your principles, constantly blames others for troubles in their life, and those who insist on getting overly close, too quickly.
Assessing a person’s truthfulness and honesty is ultimately your responsibility, but don’t ignore any facts that seem inconsistent or “off.” Trust your instincts, and if something doesn’t feel right, stop communicating with that person or if on a date, leave. You are in control of the entire process and you can choose a comfortable pace for your relationship.
Be Cautious When Sharing Personal Information
Be extremely cautious when sharing personal information that could reveal your identity. Take full advantage of safety information that is provided to you and resist the urge to provide a personal e-mail or phone number right away, no matter how strong your connection to your match may feel. Once you’ve given out personal information, you cannot take it back!
Before you share phone numbers, make sure you have discussed the need to respect each other’s privacy, and if either of you decide to end communication in the future, you will not use the phone number as a means to pursue an unwanted relationship. For added security, try using your phone’s privacy features when you call, like private number blocking, or use a prepaid disposable cellular phone that is not linked to your personal identity. Remember that you can always say no. Make sure that the photos you are sending to your correspondent do not show some information about where you are or where you hang out.
Do Your Own Research
Regardless of the connection you feel you may have, do your own research before meeting in person. This can be anything from typing your match’s name into a search engine, contacting your state or local municipalities to obtain public information, or using a paid service to obtain a full background report. Use common sense. Pay attention to the details someone shares and if you find anything that doesn’t seem to add up, follow your instincts and close the communication. If you have a bad feeling about someone online, you do not have to pursue a further relationship with that person. Most websites give you tools to block communication with certain people. If you have not given out any personal information, then that person will never be able to track you down.
If someone is insistent about getting personal information from you, even if you have repeatedly said no, you should be wondering about what kind of relationship you would end up having with this person in the future, and you should also question his or her intentions. Good people with good intentions understand why someone can be reluctant about sharing personal information online. There are some companies out there now that, for a fee, will do a background check on a potential date for you.
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