Whilst the vast majority of individuals who use online dating services are sincere and honest about the information they give and in their reasons for joining the services, as always, exceptions do exist.The safety of those using online dating is a primary concern across the industry, however you should think about your own personal safety too.We want people to get the most out of using dating services.In this latest series of videos we look at how to create the best profile and meeting up for a date and how to stay safe on the date.Those sites that do conduct background checks, but continue to let people with shady pasts keep their memberships, must tell users their screenings are not fool proof.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, the new law, called Internet Dating Safety Act, was signed into law Friday by Gov. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) requires Internet dating services to tell all users upfront whether they do or do NOT conduct criminal background checks.When you embark on online dating you will be thinking a lot about what you want from a relationship but you should always be giving thought to how to stay safe.Use care and common sense when communicating with or meeting new people, both online and offline.When it comes to pictures, as a general rule, only share images that you wouldn’t mind others seeing.
Stay in control when it comes to how and when you share information and don’t share personal details until you are ready.
It is also best to avoid including contact information such as your email address, home address, where you work or your phone numbers in your profile.