WORLDGYMCHALLENGE.COM is a great place to make some fantastic new friends and acquaintances, enabling you to message, interact, or meet up with each other (be it privately, or at one of the many WORLDGYMCHALLENGE.COM sponsored events worldwide).
Meeting new people can be great fun, but at the same time we encourage you to do it safely. Our guidelines on safer meeting and dating are provided in order to help raise awareness, and encourage you to think about how you approach meeting with new people, both online and in the real world.
You can do a lot to ensure you are safer (e.g. tell a friend where you are going and when you will return) but of course there's always an element of risk in chatting to, or meeting, somebody for the first time – whether you have meet them online or in a person.
Take a moment to read the sections below:
Writing your Profile
Messaging & Chatting
Arranging to Meet
Much of this advice is common sense, but it never hurts to remind yourself!
Have fun and play safely!
Writing your Profile
Most people listed on Internet dating sites are sincere. However, don't forget that your profile may be read by people who aren't always as well-intentioned towards you as you would like. There are also criminals who trawl the web for email addresses and other bits of information which are valuable when combined together (e.g. home address combined with information that you're away on holiday).
In order to help to ensure your safety, and prevent identity theft, we suggest that you do not put very personal information on your Profile, such as:
- Postal addresses
- Telephone / mobile numbers
- Email addresses
- Credit card details
- Bank account details
- Date of birth
- Name of your Company or where you work
- Specific places or times you regularly go out
Messaging and Chatting
Let your instinct guide you and don’t continue the discussion if you think the other person:
- may be lying
- has inconsistencies in their story
- has made inappropriate remarks
- has gone beyond the usual boundaries of conversation
- or if you get a “gut feeling” that something is not right during or after the conversation
Arranging a Meeting
- take your time - get a “feel” for the person before you meet
- talk on the ‘phone a few times before arranging to meet
- meet in a public place
- don't immediately accept an invitation to their place, unless you know they are genuine
- meet in a place where other people are present – preferably your gym
- don't get picked up from your home
- always provide your own transportation to and from your meeting place
- tell a friend where you’re meeting, where you are going and when you will return
- leave the name and phone number of the person you are meeting with a friend, or where they can be found if you return late
- send yourself an email saying with where you are playing, with whom, when you will return, and their contact details
- call a friend to say you are safe when you have met
- agree a “signal” that will tell a friend if you are worried
- if you invite someone to your home, don't leave any valuables on show, or leave the person alone – unless you know they are genuine.
Use your judgment; remember that you make the decisions:
- you decide when you feel comfortable meeting someone
- you’re never obligated to get together with anyone, no matter how many e-mails or messages you’ve exchanged
- if you don’t feel comfortable once you meet, you can simply leave and go home – don’t continue if you don’t feel you want to
If in doubt...don’t go out!
Want more advice on specific risks? There are many resources offering good advice available on the internet or in lifestyle books. You can also talk to people who are into it, most people are happy to help or offer advice where they can.