Meeting new people is always fun and exciting! After all, everyone was a stranger at one time or another in our lives and gradually the relationship developed into a friendship or more. Here at 7evendigits.com, we believe the world would be a better place if we all got to know each other better but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use common sense when meeting new people.
7evendigits.com truly value people’s right to privacy and it is for this reason that 7evendigits.com does not check, screen or verify our members. Besides no amount of verification can ever predict how a person will behave or react at a given point in time. As an alternative, we believe in the honor system and the golden rule of treating other as you would like to be treated yourself. Even this we realize has its limits.
You have the biggest part to play in your own safety! As a member of 7evendigits.com you have the power to act in your own best interest. There is nothing we can say or do that can replace good old common sense and your gut instinct. Below are just some precautions you should take when engaging in these activities.
General Safety :
- Always be cautious when deciding whether to share personal information that could reveal your identity.
- Never include your last name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work, or any other identifying information when initially contacting a stranger. Remember, they are a stranger until you’ve decided they are a friend.
- Stop communicating with anyone who attempts to pressure you into providing your personal or financial information or in any way attempts to trick you into providing it.
- Trust your instincts and immediately stop communicating with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable or apprehensive. You don’t owe anybody anything!
- Do some research about the person before getting close with someone.
Chat Safety :
- Be careful who you trust online and remember that some online “Friends” are really strangers.
- Remember that you can always log out to avoid unwelcome situations, or create a new account, nothing beats a fresh start.
- Do not hesitate to report any abuse that you may encounter, remember, we can’t stop something if we don’t know about it.
- Learn how to keep/save a copy of the conversation in chat – this may be useful if you want to report something. This could be as easy as doing a “Print Screen” on your computer and pasting it to a word document.
- Finally, nothing can replace your gut feeling! If you are sensing an uncomfortable feeling from someone, run, don’t walk the other way. More times than not, your gut instinct is right.
Meeting in Person :
- Always meet in a public place at a time when many people are around.
- Use your own transportation to arrive at the meeting place, this will ensure that you have a way to get back home. Never have the person pick you up from your home or office.
- Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you will return, tell them they should even call you during your meeting to make sure the person you are meeting knows that your friends are keeping a watchful eye for you.
- Bring a cell phone with you so you can immediately contact emergency services or a friend for help if necessary.
- Don't leave your personal belongings (mobile phones, purses, wallets) unattended.
- Never worry or feel embarrassed about your behavior. Your safety is far more important than the other person's opinion of you.
At the end of the day safety and caution should never be compromised!