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Staying Fun, Flirty and Safe While Using Dating Apps

While dating apps are an easy and contemporary way to meet new people, it's important to know how to protect yourself from potential harm.

Let’s talk about dating apps. The popular platforms that help connect you with others whether you’re looking for that one special fish or want to explore the entire sea. Dating apps such as Hinge, Bumble, Tinder, Grindr, OkCupid, etc., are making dating even more accessible than ever before. Online dating may be different from old-fashioned ways or romanticized movies, with hopes of bumping into a stranger on the street, locking eyes, and falling in love. Now we can spend time from the comfort of literally anywhere, connecting and chatting with others with a simple swipe or tap of a button. 

On the flip side, with the accessibility of dating apps, information sharing, and an enormous pool of users,  there are added risk factors to everyone’s safety. So, we thought it would be helpful to remind everyone of some safe practices that you can keep in your back pocket, whether you’re using this information for yourself or passing it on to a friend or a family member who is embarking on the dating app journey. 


Dating App Safety 101

You decide you’d like to put yourself out there, you’ve chosen to download a dating app, and you’re setting up your profile:

Your profile is up, active, and you’re ready to start connecting with folks online: 

You’ve matched, made a good connection, gotten to know one another online, and would like to meet in person: 

Dating is a huge part of our lives and dating apps allow us to connect with others that we probably would have never gotten the chance to meet. Dating is meant to be a fun and enjoyable experience, and following these tips is a great start for staying safe throughout your dating game. Remember, though, there is always a risk to your safety in online dating, and negative experiences can occur. If a negative experience happens to you or someone you know, please know it isn’t your fault, and we’re here to support you. Below is a list of resources available for support if you or anyone you know has encountered a negative, inappropriate or harmful experience with dating. 


Resources:
RAIIN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline | 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Planned Parenthood | 1-800-230-7526
National Domestic Violence Hotline | 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224
National Sexual Violence Resource Center | 1-877-739-3895
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative | 1-844-878-2274
VictimConnect – Crime Victim Resource Center | 1-855-4VICTIM (855-484-2846)
Trans Lifeline | 1-877-330-6366
FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center

Sources:
https://policies.tinder.com/safety/intl/en
https://www.rainn.org/articles/online-dating-and-dating-app-safety-tips
https://www.instagram.com/p/CRPCMJQs6pv/?utm_medium=copy_link
https://www.cnet.com/pictures/best-dating-apps/6/

Written by: Jaime 

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