Going out rather than hanging out tells your date that you think they're special and want to explore the world--not just the cable channels--with them.If you want to spend some time alone with the person you're seeing, wait until you've had a few dates and have set ground rules for alone time.They’re fake online profiles using somebody else’s photos, posted by organised crime gangs whose sole aim is to defraud innocent women and men who think they’ve found love.Every month, hundreds of people in the UK are conned out of sums as large as hundreds of thousands of pounds, often causing financial ruin and the trauma that accompanies it.Even if your date wants to stroll through an empty park or make out in the car, you don't have to go along with it.Trust your gut, and don't be afraid to say no and call it a night. Even if your partner is charming and sweet at first, look out for signs of abusive relationships, such as:• isolating you from friends and family• having angry outbursts• blaming others for problems• threatening to hurt you during arguments• getting extremely jealous for no reason• acting cruel toward animals or children• trying to control you by belittling your values or ideas.It’s a particularly heartless crime as it also dashes victims’ hopes of finding love.
If you need help figuring out what to do, talk to a school guidance counselor, social worker, teacher, pastor or domestic violence hotline. Article updated by Keisha Howard, Teen Advice Expert.If your date doesn't respect your decision, stay safe by leaving the situation.Drugs and alcohol compromise your ability to make smart decisions and to escape dangerous situations.If you feel you must have a drink on a date or at a party, keep an eye on your glass at all times: Many teens are sexually assaulted after someone slips a powerful sedative druginto whatever they're drinking.Resisting the urge to drink is the best way to prevent getting hurt and having to deal with the consequences of unwanted sex.Trust your instincts: If something doesn't seem right about the person, do not share your contact information and leave the situation immediately. Even if it's a little annoying, let your mom, dad or another adult know when you’re going out.Be sure to tell your parents who you're going with, where you plan to go and what time you expect to return home, too.It's a good policy to bring your cell phone along, if you have one, and to leave your date's phone number with your parents, just in case anything goes wrong.Be prepared for the unexpected: You might need a ride home, some extra cash or a way to bail if your date is a dud.If the person you'd like to date is someone you met online, insist that when you meet them in person, you meet them with a group of people, or at least just bring one friend along with you.Ask lots of questions to be sure that the person you're meeting is who they claimed to be online.