June 8, 2007, Newsletter Issue #154: Number One First Date Tip: Safety

Tip of the Week

The beginning stage of a relationship can be stressful. However, donít let your anxiety about what to wear or say make you forget to plan for safety. When you are meeting someone for the first time, this needs to be a consideration. Even if you feel like you know this person because of Internet dating time together, taking some simple precautions is a good idea. Things such as driving separately, letting a friend know where you will be, and containing your first date activities to a public place are easy strategies you can employ.

Internet dating safety can be maintained with some simple planning. Once youíve chatted online and spoken for quite some time on the phone, meeting in person is the next step. If youíve determined you are ready to move to this level, exercise this first date advice:

∑ Drive separately to a public meeting place.

∑ Tell a friend where you are going and when you expect to be home. Follow-up by checking in with your friend at a predetermined time and/or when you return home.

∑ Never leave the public place, go home with the person or invite your date to your home.

∑ Immediately end the date if you feel pressured in any way.

∑ Do not get drunk or tipsy. Drinking impairs judgment leading to choices you may not normally make.

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