With the increase in access to internet and social media, many more people are meeting online. Many people who have met this way have happy, loving, long-term relationships, but some have horror stories to tell. For people living in regional and remote areas this may be only option, so there are a few safety points to consider.

Not everyone is who they seem, take time to get to know them. Do not reveal too much personal information too early, such as phone number or address. If meeting in person, do it in a public place and try and have a friend nearby that  you can signal if it is not going well. When ready to meet in person, get yourself to and from the meeting then you can leave when you want.

Let someone know where you are and contact them at a prearranged time and let the person you are meeting know that you have done this. Do not rush to go somewhere else with the person.

Then get out there, have fun but always ask yourself: is this safe?

INFO: If you require support around relationships contact Sally Morris at [email protected]

By RICKI MENZIES  Training and Development Coordinator

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