Category: Safety Online

Introducing SafeDate – Keep Safe While Dating

We’re so excited to finally bring SafeDate to the world. SafeDate started as a brainspark in one of our product meetings at KK Group and has gained momentum ever since. At KK Group, we focus on connecting people all around the world, in a safe and fun environment. We already take care of the fun, so we wanted to make sure people are safe when meeting new people.

It was when working closely with our community that we realised just how many of them were already putting into place their own methods of ‘checking in’ while on first dates and encounters with people they had met online. Whilst looking at ways of implementing this into our existing platforms we realised that this was something that a lot more people could benefit from, so we decided to open it up to the dating world as SafeDate.

It’s still in its early phases at the moment, but we’re sure that people all over the world are going to get a tremendous of value from SafeDate. It’s a super simple app to use. Unlike a real-time location tracker, SafeDate maintains your privacy so that your close ones only know about your plans if the worst were to happen. You simply pop in the plans for your date. We make it really easy to choose where you’re going as well as who you’re going with. Even if it’s a group of friends. You can simply pick your dates from your address book or Facebook friends. Then you choose one or more Safe Mates. People you trust to have your back, in case things don’t go to plan. Finally, you set a Safe Time. This is a buffer that gives you time to get home from your date and check-in so that your Safe Mates don’t get alerted. If you fail to check-in, we’ll send an SMS to your Safe Mates, letting them know that you’ve been on a date, where and when you went and who with. We’ve made that checking-in is really easy and secure. You’ll get push notifications so that you don’t forget to check-in and checking-in requires a passcode, so that nobody can do it on your behalf. There’s even a neat feature that deliberately alerts Safe Mates when you do check-in. Great for teens who want their parents to know they’re home safe.

SafeDate has been a labour of love and it really is just the beginning for us. We’ve got so many great ideas in store, as well as integrations planned with some of the world’s biggest dating apps, so that as many people can stay safe when dating as possible. We hope you love it.

Download it from the App Store or Google Play now for free.

5 Tips for Staying Safe When Online Dating

The internet is a great way to meet people to potentially date and SO many people are now meeting their partners through online dating. Although it is a great resource that is available at your fingertips, it’s also important to ensure that you stay safe when dating online. These online dating safety tips should help you out enormously in that regard.

1. Meet in public at first

The first time you meet this person in real life should be in a public location like a coffee shop or restaurant. It doesn’t matter how long you have spoke to them, it’s a basic safety precaution and should be followed when you are dating people you have met online. If things go well, you can go to a hotel/their place/your place after a few dates but only after you feel more comfortable with this person.

2. Tell a friend and “check in”

Tell at least one person in your life where you are going and who with. You can also check in with them to let them know everything is OK. Don’t have time to make a phone call or it is just too awkward to do so when you are on a date? We have launched an app that allows you to assign contacts to check in with. You can then check in which lets them know everything is fine or you can alert them to some kind of danger, allowing them to get in touch with the proper authorities.

3. Do your research

If you are interested in meeting up with a particular person, do a little bit of research into them first. Putting their name into search engines and other social media sites should help give you a little more insight into their life. If you uncover anything shady, it isn’t too late to bail! Don’t think of this step as stalking but rather as “research.”

4. Video chat first

Nowadays, there should be absolutely no reason why your date is not prepared to video chat before the initial meeting goes ahead. Doing so will give you an opportunity to make sure this person is who they say they are. Video chat also allows you to get to know each other and see if the spark is still there when speaking face to face.

5. Trust your instincts

If somebody seems too good to be true either online or when you have met in real life, don’t be afraid to stop contact with this person. There are a lot of online dating scams out there and there are also many catfish. If somebody you are talking to makes you feel uncomfortable at any point, his that block button and move on to the next one!

These online dating safety tips are definitely going to improve your peace of mind when dating online, and when combined with our the SafeDate app you can greatly increase your safety when meeting up with men/women that you have only contacted prior on dating websites. Follow these tips to ensure fun but safe dating experiences on the internet.