Never send money for any reason, even if the person claims it’s an emergency.Your children should also keep full names, birthdates, addresses and other personal information private until they feel they know and trust the people they’re talking to.
Young adults should be certain they aren’t being catfished before meeting up with anyone they’ve met on a dating app or site.A plethora of online dating and matchmaking agencies have emerged with this new convenient way of looking for love.Unfortunately, standards of honesty tend to slip when using this faceless method of communication.Ignore it Always reply to genuinely decent responses, even if the answer is ‘No’.Always be polite and kind, especially if the answer is ‘No’ Never be too busy to respond appropriately Reply as soon as possible. People are individuals, so, personalise your replies Aha, you have received a promising response or two and you are going to reply Start with a friendly greeting End with a friendly goodbye Use gentle humour if it is part of your personality Punctuate your statements with – (smile) (frown) (beaming) (thinking) or :-) Keep it brief, relevant, light, breezy and interesting Allow the communication to flow Do not get personal Do not trifle with anyone’s emotions Allow the friendship time to develop.Regrettably, men’s manners have regressed behind this shield of anonymity and women have reacted by raising barriers of caution during online dating.The men have then become craftier in their deception and women more wary.Nevertheless, deceptions do still occur and both sexes are guilty of this.Consequently, a new set of ‘rules’ have evolved, to protect women in particular, from nasty experiences and to make online dating more friendly, civilized and safe for them. If you are new to online dating the following will help you to participate with dignity and confidence. Save it for your boozing buddies This is not a game. It’s cruel A search for ‘online dating agencies’ produces thousands of online agencies. Others will accept your profile and allow you to view profiles of advertisers free of charge.There’s safety in numbers, so consider suggesting a double or group date.If you or your kids’ friends say a match is sketchy, your children should at least listen to the advice.