Dating Safety

Staying Safe Along the Stages of Online Dating

Getting Started with Online Dating

  • When creating accounts and profiles, your username should not include your real name or other identifying information.
  • Protect your privacy. Do not give out your contact or personal information.
  • Consider using different email addresses, profile pictures, and strong passwords for each dating site. Keeping this information separate from the rest of your life can help protect your privacy and safety.
  • Do a search on yourself or use privacy checking services to find out what information is out there in your name.
  • By doing a simple Google search, you can learn a lot about yourself.
  • If you have questions about privacy checking, call Victim Services Huron: 519-600-4108.

Connecting Online with Potential Dates

  • There is no rush to share personal information online, including pictures. Remember that it is impossible to get information back once it has been shared.
  • Just because someone asks for your info does not mean you have to share it. They should respect your boundaries.
  • Do an internet search about the person. Check out news articles, social media sites, and images.
  • Remember that criminal background checks only turn up information if someone has been arrested and/or prosecuted.
  • Be careful about attachments and links which might install spyware or other malware on to your devices. Don’t open these.
  • Trust your instincts. If you start to feel uncomfortable, it’s always okay to say stop and disconnect from that person.

Considering Meeting In Real Life (IRL)

 
  • If you are questioning if going on this date is a good idea, ask yourself a few questions:

  Do I feel safe and comfortable?

  Do I know enough about them?

  Is the place we are going a well known, well lit place?

  Have I told someone I trust that I am going?

  • Meet up at the place you are going to instead of having them pick you up. This ensures they do not know where you live.
  • Always bring your phone with you and have it charged.
  • Let a friend know ahead of time where you are going and reach out to them when the date is over.
  • Turn on your location option on your phone and only share that option with a trusted person.
  • Go to the meet-up spot ahead of time so you know what to expect.
  • Only meet in a place that you’re comfortable.
  • Do not send money to someone before you meet them. Watch out for people saying they want to visit but need financial help to be able to see you. They may use other stories to gain your sympathy and then ask for money.
  • It’s okay to schedule short dates, or to cut dates short if you are uncomfortable (no matter how long you’ve already been chatting). Trust your instincts.

If you have experienced harassment online or were mistreated by someone, reach out for support: 

Huron Women’s Shelter

1-800-265-5506

OPP non-emergency line 

1-888-310-1122 

Victim Services Huron

519-600-4108

During COVID-19 our partners continue to provide services to support members of Huron County affected by violence.

Huron Domestic Assault Review Team: COVID-19 Service Updates

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger from violence, call 911.

For emergency shelter and safety planning call Huron Women’s Shelter’s 24/7 information and support line: 1-800-265-5506.

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