So, you met someone online and they seem pretty cool. You have messaged back and forth, and even had a phone call. You think you’re ready to meet him in person and maybe take the next step–but how can you make sure it’s as safe as you think?
Connecting with someone online can be amazing. When this connection first starts though, there is inherent risk involved. There is something about hiding behind a screen that gives many people confidence. In any case, it is critical to take precautionary steps, to make sure you’re looking out for yourself, first and foremost.
This is a trusted friend who is willing to be “on-call” for the duration of the date. When meeting someone from online, we all know it’s important to tell a friend where we’re going and who we’re going with; but if something were to go wrong, how can you be sure that friend will help? What if you need to get picked up, or a reason to cut the date short? Your friend should not only know where you are, but be ready and waiting to help you out if things start to go south fast.
A safe call is a pre-planned phone call to let your EEP know that you are, well, safe. To set it up, you’ll need to agree on coded phrases to let your friend know if things are going great or if you need immediate assistance. Try to pick something that won’t tip off your date; for example, “I’m having a great time!” could actually be code for “I’m literally dying and need you to call back in 10 minutes so I have a reason to bail.” Or, you could flat-out tell your date that you’re planning to call a friend to let them know how things are going. If a man is understanding about your concern for safety, then he’s probably on your side.
While this can always be found after the fact if you ever go missing, you probably won’t want to get to that point in the first place. There are apps like this one that let you share your location in real-time with a trusted few people. This is especially important if your date is picking you up, or if you plan on going back to his place later. That way, if a guy who seemed okay at first starts getting all weird on you in his apartment, your EEP will know where you are and can send for help so that you don’t end up stranded in an uncomfortable situation.
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