>First-date Safety Tips for Women

>This is great advice for anyone trying internet dating. Actually, no matter how you meet someone this article has smart tips for dating safely.

Ilissa

Online dating can open up the world for many of us that do not know where to meet the right person. For the shy person, online dating makes it much easier to meet new people without having to get up the courage to walk up and speak to someone in person. Although online dating can spark a truly wonderful relationship, there are steps women should take to ensure that the first date goes safely.

Bring a charged cell phone
Bring your cell phone with you and make sure that it is fully charged. Keep your cell phone on at all times. Your cell phone will be invaluable if you are in need of emergency help.

Let a close friend or family member know where you are going
It is always safe to let someone know where you will be for the evening and when you will be returning home. Have this friend check up on you during the date to make sure you are alright. Have a code word or code phrase ready that only the two of you know. If things are not safe, use the code word or phrase. This will let your friend or family member know that you need help and do not feel safe trying to leave.
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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com or http://www.eatingdisordersgroup.com
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