Also along the lines of proceeding cautiously, protect your personal email and phone numbers. Utilizing your CatholicMatch profile’s email messaging system and exclusive chat option allows two people to get to know each other in a safe, guarded manner. These options serve as a buffer, allowing time after the initial greeting to determine compatibility without compromising security. If someone is pressuring you unnecessarily for your personal email or phone number, be wary.
Do your own check-ups. The Internet is a wonderful tool. Not only can it connect two people, it can also be used to deliver information right to your fingertips. There is probably more information than we care to know about ourselves floating around in cyberspace; but, if followed through correctly, it can really help in making informed decisions. Many employers are now exploring social websites and searching a person’s name to learn their background…so, if it is good enough to be used by a company’s human resources department, it could be a strong tool for you to draw conclusions from as well.
Use christian charity when you are interacting with other members, be it in the forums or when responding to someone who has reached out to you. Remember that your responses to topics help to paint a picture of you. Be honest, but in a way that does not demean. That way, you won’t ever have to be sorry or wish you could have pulled back a response. The same advice can be given in declining advances. Think about how you would feel if you reached out and were shunned harshly or dismissed without a response. Simply tell the person that you are not interested and wish them God’s blessings in the future.
- Be prudent
- Be cautious with personal information
- Be cautious with email, phone or chat
- Do your own check-ups
- First time meetings in public
- Use Christian Charity
- Report Concerns About a User to CatholicMatch