Establish online dating relationships: safety first Online dating can be fun.
But don’t neglect safety and common sense when trying to connect with a partner.
At a minimum, be careful in the following areas. Protect your computer Take care of your equipment and systems before leaving for the Internet domain.
You need to have a firewall and antivirus protection for your email and when searching for websites and interacting online.
At a minimum, you may want two solutions offered free to home computer users, firewall and antivirus.
Take care of yourself by choosing appropriate dating sites.
Look for and choose a reputable online dating service.
How? Start by asking friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others you know who have tried online dating and see what places they recommend.
Also, search for “online dating services” and keep a notepad with your URLs or website links, fees, rules and regulations, complete contact information for any other useful information that suits your interest.
Then compare each place.
Try only the places where you feel safe. Avoid others.
So be careful. Arm your computer – and yourself – with the right tools and knowledge!
Growing relationships with online dating Just like regular real-world relationships, online connections need to tend to grow over time. Here are some fast-growing tips.
Take time and save time. Does your online date contact you regularly? Do you do the same? Neglecting virtual meetings can be considered abuse or neglect, so treat each other’s time with respect. If it is missing, it could mean time to move on.
Communication needs to “feel” right for both of you.
If one of you is very insistent on the meeting, for example, it can give bad vibes.
So don’t rush.
Take time to learn more about each other and build trust.
Respect each other’s privacy.
Do not share personal email addresses or digital photos online, for example, if your online date sends you the information in confidence.
Share special moments of fun online and offline.
Send greeting cards, links to favorite places to upload digital photos of your beloved pet, download music and video clips, post to favorite forums of interest.
If you are exchanging addresses or mailboxes, send printed cards and postcards, small items from your area (such as a key chain with the state bird).
Take care of your relationship online. Water it carefully and, over time, it can sprout and grow.