Teen Dating Safety

Online dating safety for teens. Online dating and socializing can be a fun experience, but just like in real life there can be dangers as well. The anonymity or perception of it allows people to pretend they are someone that they really are not. Some times this is OK, sometimes it is not. For example people who are very shy in person can be very outgoing online, as they feel "safe" behind a screen and key board. But criminals can take advantage of the anonymity too, and fool people into believing they are OK. Like an adult pretending to be a teenager and trying to talk you into meeting in person for a date. A little common sense goes a long way here in protecting yourself. Guard your personal and online access information Be careful about sharing other personal information, such as your full name, phone number, email and address. You are in control of your online dating experience at all times – remain anonymous until you feel ready. Take advantage of our member-to-member technology that protects your identity until you decide to reveal it through email or IM. Also, leave any personal contact information out of your profile or username. Use extra caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information. If you share your computer with others, disable the auto sign-in feature to your account and clear all saved passwords. Note: fundatecity.com will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communication should be reported immediately. Be Web Wise Be wary of communications that ask you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information. There are certain red flags to watch for that may indicate you're dealing with a scammer. Be aware of anyone who… Quickly asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service Claims to be from U.S. but currently travelling, living or working abroad Asks you for money Vanishes mysteriously from the site, then reappears under a different name Talks about "destiny" or "fate" Claims to be recently widowed Asks for your address under the guise of sending flowers or gifts Makes an inordinate amount of grammar and/or spelling errors Sends you emails containing strange links to third-party websites The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's advice to avoid online romance scams is available here: http://onguardonline.gov/articles/0004-online-dating-scams Be cautious and use common sense. If personal details provided by another person don't seem to add up, they behave suspiciously or pressure you for personal or financial information – block communications with that person and report them to us immediately. Block and report suspicious users You can block and report concerns about any suspicious user anonymously from any profile page, email or IM window. Additionally, please report anyone who violates our terms of use. Examples of terms of use violations include: Posting nude pictures Adults posing as teens Very young children posing as teens Sending spam emails or messages Offline Safety Tips First meetings are exciting, however, always take precautions and use the following guidelines. Get to know the other person before meeting them offline Use the technology on fundatecity.com that protects your anonymity to get to know someone before disclosing personal information or meeting in person. We don't conduct criminal background checks on our users, so if you would like more information about someone, we recommend using the Internet and government resources available to everyone. This can include typing the person's name into a search engine, reviewing public information made available by government offices, or using a paid service to obtain a full background report. Always meet in public Meet for the first time in a populated, public location – never in a private or remote location, and never at your date's home or apartment. Stay in a public place It is best not to go back to your date's home or bring them back to yours on the first date. If your date pressures you, end the date and leave at once. Tell a friend Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you're going. If you own a mobile phone, make sure you have it with you. Stay Sober Keep a clear mind and avoid doing anything that would impair your judgment and cause you to make a decision you could regret. Drive yourself to and from the first meeting Just in case things don't work out, you need to be in control of your own ride – even if you take a taxi. Keep personal items with you at all times You don't want to risk having personal information stolen. If you're drinking, keep your drink with you at all times so it can't be tampered with. Long Distance Meetings Long distance meetings pose special safety concerns to take into account. Keep these tips in mind. Stay in a hotel. Check into your own room and avoid staying in the other person's home. If you can't afford a hotel, you shouldn't go. Use a taxi or rental car to get to and from the airport. Securing your own ride is important. Even if the person you're meeting volunteers to pick you up from the airport, do not get into a personal vehicle with someone you've never met. Keep your hotel location confidential. The person you're meeting should respect your privacy until you know each other. Remember to keep your family and friends posted. Tell someone who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return.

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