Ever since we all stepped into this world, our parents told us to never talk to strangers or run off with them. Thanks to technology, we face millions of people—many that we don’t know—every day. I believe that it’s only right that we take what we learned from our childhood and apply that same thinking to our lives now that we are older, especially when it comes to connecting with friendly strangers. Here are three things you should do before linking up with your online friend.
*FaceTime Them First
One of the first things “Catfish” TV hosts Nev and Max ask their clients is whether or not they have used FaceTime to communicate with their new friend. This is something you should also do to better your chances of not being catfished. It’s a great way for you to actually get an idea of the type of person you expect to see face-to-face.
*Meet Up In A Public Place
Never meet up with someone you don’t know at a personal place like your house or their house! You don’t know this person! If this is the first time that y’all are linking up, make arrangements to connect at a mall or restaurant. Just in case something jumps off, you’ll at least feel safer with several other people around.
*Share Your Location With Your BFF
If you don’t want to physically bring one of your friends to your meeting spot, then let your close friends or family members know where you’ll be before you make that move. Apple gave us the opportunity to share our locations with one another for a reason so why not use it for something as serious as this? Once again, just in case something jumps off, someone will know where you are.
I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t talk to people online because sometimes the people we meet end up being some of our best friends. What I am telling you is to be careful. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Remember, think before you link.
By Trinity Bishop, Freshman, Southern Illinois University
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