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Safety Tips When Meeting with a Stranger You Met Online

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Safety Tips When Meeting with a Stranger You Met Online

What could be more fun than making a new friend with whom you share a common hobby? Let’s be real, though. Meeting up with a stranger can be intimidating and dangerous if you aren’t careful. Don’t get so caught up in the fun of a meetup that you forget about your safety.

Here are helpful tips when meeting someone you've known from social media:

Get Familiar With Their Face

Recognize your new friend’s face.  Look over their social media pages and make sure they show up with the same face in multiple places. Cross over to different social media sites and do the same thing. Search for the same person and make sure they exist and yes, have the same face. It may feel a little awkward to be checking out a stranger so carefully, but remember, your safety is at stake here. It’s amazing what you can find out from reading a person’s posts online. This homework is a great way to get to know the person behind the name. If you doubt my wisdom here, tune in to an episode of Catfish on MTV, and you’ll see how easy it is for a person to fake an entire identity.

If, after you’ve thoroughly checked them out in several places, you find you have doubts about who that person really is, and if you’re questioning if their face matches their profile, you can always ask for your friend to send you a text message photo with a specific item in the picture along with their face. For example, “Hey, new friend! Can you send me a selfie with you holding a can of Mountain Dew (or insert any item here)? It would make me feel safer before we meet up.” It works—it really works. Making sure that your friend matches the face you see on that profile is a big step in feeling comfortable and safe before meeting up with them. If they are not willing to do this, then it’s okay if your Spidey Senses tingle and you follow your gut and cancel the meetup. Safety first!


Stay in Communication

Always make it a habit to TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU’RE GOING AND WHO YOU ARE MEETING. It’s good to have people who care about you and your safety, isn’t it!? Now is also an excellent time to point out that with today’s technology, you can and should CHECK IN OFTEN with your contact person Once you've made contact, Let them know how you're feeling.


Meet in a Public Place

MEET IN A PUBLIC PLACE. Make your arrangements to meet somewhere where there are other people around. If possible, arrive early and park your car somewhere where there are plenty of people. Also, consider if it will be dark when your meetup comes to an end, and PARK YOUR CAR UNDER A STREETLAMP in a busy spot even if it is bright and sunny when you arrive.


Bring a Friend

BRING A FRIEND. It is never a bad idea to bring a friend along or to arrange a group meet up with a couple of like-minded friends.


Have an Excuse Ready

Finally, plan ahead, and HAVE AN EXCUSE TO END THE MEETUP EARLY. If at any point you feel unsafe with your new friend, you need to be ok with ending your meetup and heading home.


Download Leelou

With Leelou installed within your smartphone, during emergencies, the people you've set-up as guardian will be able to track your location right away. They can even see your battery level and record the audio around yo using your smartphone. Whenever feeling unsafe when walking alone, you can use the AIA Mode. 


Download Leelou now! Available at Apple Appstore and Google Playstore.

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Jerry Farsoun

Jerry Farsoun, a social entrepreneur who for more than a decade has been championing the personal safety space using technology.

In 2008 he set the world aviation record for the longest solo and unassisted ultralight flight in a powerchute around mainland Australia. This was to help reduce the stigma and raise awareness of depression with an emphasis on suicide prevention.

He spent the near decade researching technology to help people who felt vulnerable and in 2015, began developing a platform that helped anyone who was in need and may not be in a postion to put a call out for help.

He was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2017 and his company was a finalist in Business of the Decade in 2018.

The personal safety platform is called Leelou launched on the AppStores in 2018 is keeping us safer anywhere, anytime by always being available to provide immediate personal protection so we can enjoy some of the freedoms to live as we choose.

You can learn more about Jerry on his website