Dating Safety

  • Check out a first date or blind date with friends first. Better yet, go with other friends on your first date.
  • Carry money for a taxi or public transportation in case your date is cut short, and bring a cell phone.
  • Trust your instincts about situations to avoid.
  • Be clear and responsible in your communications with others.
  • Be forceful, firm, and assertive.
  • If you go out with other friends, stay together; watch out for each other.
  • Maintain self-control. The use or abuse of alcohol or drugs can impair your judgment.
  • "No" means "NO."

Online Dating

  • Never give personal information to people that you don't know (name, home address, phone number, etc.).
  • If you decide to talk to someone on the phone, don't give out your number. Call them and use caller ID block.
  • Use a nickname in chat rooms or message boards.
  • Meet chat friends in public places and with other friends; take a cell phone with you.
  • Never go to someone's room, apartment, or house that you just met.