Monthly Health Message

Online Dating Safety

In our generation, technology has become a normal way of life and continues to keep advancing. Most of the time the internet is extremely helpful, however, there can be times when it can become dangerous. There are many different sites for online dating that millions of people, including college students, are registered too. While there have been many couples that find true love over the internet, there are also many people that have become a victim of a crime. It is extremely important to be careful and alert when meeting someone from an online dating site for the first time. Here are some tips that can assist you for staying safe:

  • Meet in a public, lighted place where other people will also be present. If things go well, there will be more than enough time later for some alone time, but for the first few dates while getting to know someone, public dates are safer.
  • Use your own personal transportation to get to wherever you are meeting just in case you need to leave the date early.
  • Watch your alcohol intake as alcohol impairs judgement.
  • Have a backup plan just in case the first plan falls through.
  • Give out your cell phone number instead of giving out where you live or other personal information.
  • Listen to your gut!
  • If you have children, don’t involve them.
  • Keep your friends in the loop of where you are going and who you are with.
  • Don’t leave your food or drink unattended.

The best set of advice when meeting someone for the first time is to follow your gut instinct. If something does not feel right, it probably isn’t. Have your cell phone easy to access just in case you need to make an immediate phone call to a friend or the police.   

If you feel that you or someone you know may be a victim of stalking, sexual assault, or have been a part of relationship violence, please call the Office Victim Services at 765-285-7844, or visit the location at the Health Center room 205.  

If you or someone has been raped or sexually harassed, please call the Ball State Counseling Center at 765-285-1736, or visit the location at Lucina Hall.      

 

Sources:

http://www.sheknows.com/love-and-sex/articles/814219/10-rules-for-dating-safety-1 http://dating.about.com/od/datingsafety/tp/safedatetips.htm


Monthly Health Message written by Peer Health Educator Danielle Gerdt