Dear BeingGirl Experts, If you don't share real personal info (like address, phone number, etc.) is it okay to have an Internet boyfriend? Alicia --- Dear Alicia, Internet boyfriends can be quite dangerous. This isn’t a practice we recommend. If you are going to have one, there are a few important ways to stay safe. Most importantly is NOT to keep this from your parents. Tell them when you are talking to someone online you don’t know. Keeping parents informed keeps you safer. Other words of caution you need to be aware of include: Don't give out personal information about yourself online. This includes your name, address, where you work, where you go to school, or who your parents are. Don't meet anyone alone. If you plan on meeting someone tell your parents and take a friend alone. Anyone who insists on meeting you alone is not looking out for your safety. Do not meet them. If you feel pressured to do something you're not comfortable with, leave. This is true of dates with people you know too. Trust your instincts. It doesn’t feel right chances are gut instinct is right. Follow your head! Don't go anywhere in secret. Tell someone where you're going, who you're meeting, and when you expect to be back. Telling your parents is best. No drugs or alcohol is a no-brainer! If you plan to have any sort of drink always get your own rather than letting your date purchase it and bring it to you.
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