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Meeting someone older I met online

Your Question

Hi Alex! I am going to have a date with someone I met online for the first time today, I am a girl and 16! I am really nervous but really happy.He is kinda older than but I think he likes me a lot! 

Answer

Hi there and thank you for contacting Ask Alex, 

You talk about going on a date with someone that you met with someone online for the first time today and you are really happy about this. 

We just wonder how much you know about this individual and would you think about spending a little more time getting to know this person before meeting with him, maybe arrange a number of video calls just to get to know him a little bit better. 

We would also be interested to know if you have thought about your personal safety if you decide to go on this date. When we meet someone online, it is important to be aware that sometimes they may not exactly be  who they portray themselves as. If you decide to go on this date, is their a trusted adult  that can accompany you to meet this person to ensure  your safety. Would you also think about meeting this person in a public place like a café or restaurant ? 

Meeting someone new is exciting and it is a nice feeling to have when we feel someone likes us but we also have to be mindful of our safety and well being particularly when we meet a person online. 

If ever you need to talk about it and you don’t know who to go to, know Childline is here for you. They will listen and support you whenever you need too. You can contact our free phone service on 1800 66 66 66 or chat to us through our webchat service, by clicking on the purple Messenger circle onwww.childline.ie.

Take care, 

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