Online Dating Safety
For the most part, online dating for parents offers wonderful opportunities to meet someone special and since you’re communicating from the comfort of your own home, there is a level of security.
Dating Online Offers You More Control
Managed well, online dating for parents is private and perfectly safe, and you can proceed at your own speed. However, because of this laidback approach, people will all too often starting telling the stranger at the other end of the computer all types of things that could cause an invasion of privacy. The internet gives you complete control of your dating pursuits, so use it wisely.
Online dating for parents can be safer than natural dating if you apply the same rules and instinct. Do not let your guard down until you feel comfortable and confident about the person you’re chatting to. In fact, because you cannot monitor a person’s reactions, you should take extra care regarding safety when considering online dating for single parents.
Protecting Your Privacy
The information you supply when you register on Single With Kids is completely confidential and your personal details, email and address are kept secret from all members. Any member who matches you in their searches can only see what you have told them in terms of your personal profile. We recommend you guard your privacy until you know more about the person with whom you’re chatting and are sure that you’d like to take your friendship further. When in online conversation, operate the same common sense rules that you would normally use when getting to know someone – make sure that you don’t give out private information that could be traced to find out where you live or work.
1. Personally Identifiable Information
DO NOT include your actual email address or telephone number, or any type of personally identifiable information in your profile, or your emails. This information would also include the town where you live, phone number, name of the company where you work, organisations that you are associated with, an so on.
2. Use the Single With Kids Message Services for Communication
Be sure to use the communication tools available on the dating site (i,e, use the Single With Kids instant messaging service) so that you don’t have to use your own personal email to get in touch with someone. If you choose to communicate with someone using email outside of our dating service, we recommend you create or use an account that doesn’t include your name. Yahoo and Hotmail allow you to do this for free.
3. Take Your time
Start out slow and remember the old cliché, “if it seems too good to be true – it probably is.” Trust your own judgement in this. The key is to watch for inconsistencies or behavioral changes in someone. This could be a clue that something is not what is seems. Ask many questions and if someone is being honest, they will be happy to tell you about themselves and their lives. Always trust your instincts and if someone makes you feel uncomfortable, then move on.
4. Enjoy Yourself. You’re in Control!
The main thing is to enjoy making friends (or your dating) at Single With Kids. Never let anyone pressure you. If you don’t want to explain something or provide certain details, then that is up to you. A real friend will behave in a patient and relaxed way. After receiving an email, sit back an think about what you’re being told, take your time and try and sense the person behind the email. Read their profile thoroughly.
5. Falling in Love
Different people falls in love at different speeds, but try not to become enamoured too quickly, which can be quite easy to do with online dating.
6. Check a Person’s Appearance
If the person you’re communicating with doesn’t have a photo posted, ask not for one, but two or three current photos. First, this will validate that the person is the one in the photos and second, it will show you if he or she is trying to hide something. It’s not that love should be based on looks alone, but it’s important to see if there’s a physical attraction. If you get one excuse after another, this should raise a major red flag.
7. Be Truthful About Whether You are Willing to Travel
Once you’ve met one or two people that interest you and have spent quite a bit of time chatting online, set up a phone call, always using your mobile phone. The call itself is important, as it shows you the level of communication and social skills, as well as manners and a indication of intelligence. Additionally, by using your mobile for the conversation, you’re not giving out private information that could be traced to find where you live.