Dating Safety Tips
Dating Safety Tips
Meeting new people is fun, but you should always be careful when interacting with strangers. Use good judgment and put your safety first, whether you are texting or meeting in person. While you may not be able to control the actions of others, there are things you can do to stay safe during your Twinger2 time.
Never Send Money or Share Financial Information
Never send money, especially by cable mail, even if someone says you are in an emergency. Cable money is like sending cash – it is almost impossible to undo what is being done or track where the money has gone. Never share information that can be used to access your financial accounts. If another user asks you for money, report it immediately.
For tips on avoiding romantic scams, check out the advice from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on the FTC website.
Protect Your Personal Information
Never share personal information, such as your social security number, home or work address, or details about your daily routine (e.g., that you go to a gym every Monday) with strangers. If you are a parent, limit the information you share about your children with your profile and early communication. Avoid sharing details such as your children’s names, where they study, their age or their gender.
Stay on Platform
Keep conversations on the Twinger2 site while getting to know someone. Because trading on Twinger2 is under our Secure Message Filters (read more here), malicious users often try to move the chat to text, messaging apps, email, or phone right away.
Note the Long Distance and Overseas Relationships
Beware of fraudsters who claim to be from your own country but are stuck somewhere else, especially if they ask for financial help to get back home. Beware of anyone who may not meet in person or talk on the phone / video — they may not be what they claim to be. If someone avoids your questions or wants a serious relationship without meeting or knowing you first – that’s a red flag.
Report All Suspicious and Offensive Behaviors
You know when someone crosses a line and when they cross, we want to know about it. Block and report anyone who violates our policies. Here are some examples of violations:
Requests for money or donations
Harassment, threats, and annoying messages
Bad or harmful behavior during or after a personal encounter
Spam or solicitation that includes links to commercial websites or attempts to sell products or services
You can report any concerns about suspicious behavior on any profile page or message window here. For more information, see our Community Guidelines.
Protect Your Account
Make sure you choose a strong password, and be careful when logging in to your account from a public or shared computer. Twinger2 will never send you an email requesting your username and password – if you receive an email requesting account details, report it immediately.
Take your time and get to know someone before agreeing to meet or chat off Twinger2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to check out any red flags or personal criminals. A phone call or a video call can be a useful test tool before the meeting.
Gather in public and stay in public
Meet the first few times in a crowded place, in a public place – never in your home, your hometown, or any other private place. If your date pressures you to go to a secret place, close the date.
Tell Friends and Family About Your Plans
Tell a friend or family member about your plans, including when and where you are going. Your phone is charged and always with you.
Manage Your Transportation
We want you to be in control of how you get in and out of your day so you can go wherever you want. If you are driving, it is a good idea to have a backup program such as a ride sharing app or a friend to download.
Know Your Limits
Be aware of the effects of drugs or alcohol on you directly – it can interfere with your judgment and awareness. If your date tries to force you to take drugs or drink more than you are comfortable with, hold on and close the day.
Do Not Leave Your Drinks or Items Offered
Know where your drink is coming from and know where it is at all times – only accept drinks that are poured or delivered directly to the bar or server. Many oral contraceptives are easy to swallow, colorless, and tasteless. Also, keep your phone, wallet, wallet, and anything else containing personal information with you at all times.
If You Feel Uncomfortable, Go Forward
It’s okay to end the date early if you’re not comfortable. In fact, it is encouraged. And if your instincts tell you that something is closed or you feel unsafe, ask for help at the bar or server.
LGBTQ + Travel
Be careful while traveling
We recognize and believe in the importance of including all sexual orientation and gender identity, but the fact is: there is no place in the world where there is no risk, and some countries have certain laws governing LGBTQ + people.
Examine the rules around you when you move to a new area and research what types of legal protection, if any, are available to you based on your sexual orientation. In case you are in an unsafe location, we suggest you change the “Show me to Twinger2” which you can find at the bottom of the settings page.
If you add your sexual preferences to your profile and choose to display them on Twinger2, we will keep your sexual activity secret from you until you leave that area.
It is important to be extra careful when choosing to interact with young people in these countries – as some lawmakers have been known to use dating apps as tools for capture. Some countries have also recently introduced laws that criminalize communications between people of the same sex applications or websites and increase the penalties if those communications lead to sexual intercourse.
Visit ILGA World to see the latest gender discrimination laws in the country, and consider donating to support its research.
Source: ILGA World, Updated March 2019
Sexual Health and Permission
Used properly and consistently, condoms can greatly reduce the risk of contracting and transmitting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. However, beware of sexually transmitted infections such as herpes or HPV that can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. The risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases can be reduced by vaccination.
Know Your Status
Not all STIs show symptoms, and you do not want to be in the dark about your condition. Stay important in your health and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections through regular self-examination. Here is where you can find a clinic near you (US only).
Talk About It
Communication is everything: Before you are physically close with your partner, talk about sexual health and STI testing. And be careful – in some cases, it is a crime to deliberately transmit an STI. Need help starting a conversation? Here are some tips.
All sexual activity should start with consent and should include continuous penetration with a partner. Verbal communication can help you and your spouse ensure that you respect each other’s boundaries. Permission can be revoked at any time, and sex is not owed to anyone. Do not continue if your partner appears uncomfortable or insecure, or if your partner is unable to consent due to the effects of drugs or alcohol. Learn more about it here.
Help, Support, or Advice Resources
Remember – even if you follow these tips, there is no flawed risk reduction strategy. If you experience a bad experience, please know that it is not your fault and help is available. Report any Twinger2 incidents, and consider accessing one of the resources below. If you feel you are in urgent danger or need emergency help, call 911 (U.S. or Canada) or your local law enforcement agency.
RAINN National Sexual Harassment Number
1-800-656-HOPE (4673) | online.rainn.org | www.rainn.org
1-800-230-7526 | www.plannedparenthood.org
National Domestic Violence Number
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 | www.thehotline.org
National Human Trafficking Number
1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 | www.humantraffickinghotline.org
National Center for Sexual Harassment Services
1-877-739-3895 | www.nsvrc.org
National Center for Lost and Abused Children
1-800-LOST (843-5678) | www.cybertipline.com
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative
1-844-878-2274 | www.cybercivilrights.org
VictimConnect – Crime Victim Service Center
1-855-4VICTIM (855-484-2846) | www.victimconnect.org
FBI Online Crime Complaints Center
LGBT National Relief Center
1-888-843-4564 | www.lgbtnationalhelpcenter.org
1-877-565-8860 (US) or 1-877-330-6366 (CA) | www.translifeline.org
If you are outside the US:
Click here for more services in many of the countries we operate.
Click here for information on international law on sexuality from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
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