Safety & Guidelines
Stay Safe with 1-800-Dateline
LIVE CHAT SAFELY
Ultimately, 1-800-Dateline is a great way for local singles to connect discreetly and date. If you and your new connection have a spark and want to meet in person, that’s great! To ensure you remain safe, take a look at some of the following precautions to keep your experiences on the positive side.
RUSH INTO NOTHING
The thrill of dating somebody new can borderline on adrenaline-inducing, but it doesn’t mean you have to rush into anything. Nobody likes someone who jumps straight towards the first meet up without talking for a while first. Enjoy the preliminary conversations, the getting-to-know process. Online dating always come with its risks, so be on the look-out for any potential red flags or inconsistencies in their conversations.
If at any time you feel like you don’t want to talk with that person anymore, or don’t want to meet up – that’s absolutely fine. There’s no pressure for you to do anything you don’t want to do.
SHARING YOUR IDENTITY
We have set up 1-800-Dateline in such a way that personal information is only divulged by the person themselves and them alone. There are no photos to view or any bios for others to read. Therefore, if you don’t want to reveal certain information, you don’t have to. The decision as to what information is shared is down to you completely!
YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR HANDS
That’s essentially the point of using 1-800-Dateline – your experience is in your hands and your control. Don’t want to share your full name? Don’t! Nervous or anxious about meeting up with someone? That’s fine. Uncomfortable sending pictures? Not a problem! If anybody you connect with is pressurizing you or shows signs of threatening behavior, you can simply disconnect with that person. It’s oddly empowering!
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Should you get to the stage where someone you have connected with has divulged certain information such as age, location and their name, it would be wise to conduct an internet search on social media profiles. Such is the popularity of social media, it’s extremely rare that someone doesn’t have any presence online. If you’re unable to find that person online, this could be a potential warning sign. Use your initiative and ask questions that will require going into detail about themselves!
It is important that you are always on your guard when it comes to online dating. If your connection is showing signs of anger, disrespect, inappropriate comments or anything you feel uncomfortable with, you shouldn’t be expected to tolerate it. Depending on the severity of the comments, you can either simply disconnect with that person or if you want to tell somebody, feel free to tell our Customer Service team.
AS PUBLIC AS POSSIBLE
Whenever you decide to go on the hotly-anticipated first date, always make sure you’re picking a public location where other people are around. It is wise to arrange your own transportation, rather than hitch a lift off your date. You just never know!
Telling a friend that you trust about your plans is further back-up should things not go to plan. Tell them where you’ll be and what time you expect to be finished. There’s no such thing as being too cautious.
GOING OUT OF TOWN?
If your first date involves heading out of town, be sure that your hotel and other arrangements are your own. Again, pick somewhere public and expected to be busy, just to be safe. Have your phone with you at all times and let somebody trustworthy know where you’ll be.
ALWAYS TRUST YOUR GUT
During the entire process, your gut is your best asset. If you feel something isn’t right, or you feel like it’s best to walk away and head home, always trust your gut. Never put yourself into a potentially dangerous situation because you feel like you owe your date anything.
Safety is paramount when it comes to dating, so by following these guidelines you’ll be sure to have a rocking good time!