Saturday, March 14, 2015

Meeting Up With New Friends Safe And Smart 4

Meeting Up With New Friends Safe And Smart 4
(above via: here.)

With social networks and blogging... it's becoming more and more popular to make friends online. Eventually, you may decide that you want to take the friendship offline and into the real world. Whether it's a person you met on Facebook or someone from an online dating site, it is crucially important that you take safety precautions. We all know that there are a lot of weirdos out there, but we like to pretend that such things will never happen to us. Be careful on the internet with the information you divulge and the people you connect with. If you decide you want to meet a person in stranger, take extreme caution:

DO let a third person know whom you will be meeting, where, and when you plan on being home.

DO meet the person in public until you know them.

DO use a pay phone/public phone the first time you call the person.

DO remember that if you call someone who has caller ID, they now know who you really are, have your full name and number, and can find out your address by using that information. If you have caller ID, have them call you.

DON'T trust anyone who wants to meet "RIGHT NOW."

DON'T give out your address until you have gotten to know the person and feel you can trust them.

DO meet in a public place, preferably one that you are known and that you are familiar with.

DO say hi to people who know you and introduce them to your new friend.




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