Online dating is a fun exciting way to meet new people. Even if you don't find the love of your life, you may make some good friends. Of course there are also lots of legitimate people out there in cyberspace but there is always that small percentage that might be up to something shady. As a man or a woman there are some safety precautions that need to be looked at seriously.
It all really comes down to using good judgement and common sense. You want to use the same safety rules as you would offline as you would online. To stay safe online then it's important to play it safe. Online dating sites offer lots of tools for you to get to know the other person that could be Mr or Miss Right before you need to hand out any personal information like your full name, address or phone numbers.
With all this said we still need to cover the first offline date that you might go on after get to know someone from an online dating site. Be sure to arrange your first face to face date in a public area during the day time and its always handy if you can to have some friends close by. To be on the safe side its always good to tell a friend or family member where and when you are going on a date with someone for the first time.
Now if someone is pressuring you to give them your personal details from the get go, don't do it! You should never give out personal info to someone until you get to know them a little beter. Be sure if you do decide to meet someone, don't have them pick you up. Instead meet them in a public place. That way you're in control of the situation. So if you do not feel comfortable let the other person know you want to get to know them better. If they still keep hassling you, then block them from contacting you in your account setings. Also be sure to report to HeyThere™ any users who are acting inappropraitly or haressing you.
There is a "report a concern" button on each user's profile page. Remember online dating can be exciting, fun and rewarding. Millions of relationships have started on online dating sites just like HeyThere™. Just remember to use good judgement and common sense as you would offline.