Agree on what you both want from it before you meet up.
Don’t feel pressured to meet before you’re ready or for any longer than you’re comfortable with – a short first date is fine.
Online dating has grown into a £1.7bn industry, with thousands of websites now offering matchmaking services.
It’s estimated that one in five people between 25-34 have used these sites to find a partner.
The key here is to tell someone - it doesn't have to be the police; there are plenty of charities and NHS-run SARC centres that can help you get the physical and mental support you need at this time.
As well as physical harm, people who use online dating sites can also target individual's finances in what's known as 'romance fraud'.
You don’t owe the other person anything, no matter how long you’ve been chatting or what’s been suggested.
No matter what the circumstances, sexual activity against your will is a crime.
Consider using separate photos for your online dating profile as well, so your image can’t be searched for on search engines or social media sites. Use a separate one for your online dating so that you don’t have to change your main address should someone you don’t want to talk to anymore continue to contact you.
If you’re being pressured into revealing information, to meet up or to share intimate details, then report the person to the online dating service.
Being drunk clouds your judgement; moderate how much you consume and try not to leave your drink unattended.
Don’t feel bad about cutting a date short if you’re not keen.
The safest plan is to meet somewhere public and stay somewhere public.