On Spotafriend, you can find practically unlimited opportunities to meet friends and have fun. Like any app, though, you still have to know how to stay safe. Fair warning: there are some things you just can’t do in an anonymous setting, even on a safe app like Spotafriend.

Here are 5 precautions you can take on chat sites and apps to avoid potential predators:

1. Don’t Post Private Information on Your Profile

In the age of social media, it isn’t difficult for strangers to find things out about you. With that in mind, don’t post anything you wouldn’t tell, say, a new classmate before you know them, such as your full name, phone number, email and address.

2. Establish Trust With Everyone You Talk To

Don’t send photos or personal information right after starting to talk to a new person. Just a warning: predators usually try to escalate conversations into meeting quickly. Remember what you send is live and you can’t delete it.

3. Report Scary or Threatening Messages

This is where the adage “see something, say something” is good advice. If someone sends you anything that scares you, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  You can report someone in the chat by the right top corner. Also you can reach the Spotafriend Support by email on the main menu.

4. Don’t Pretend to Be Anyone You Aren’t

Pretending your life is different than it really is isn’t just dishonest, it can lure people to be attracted to you that may pose a risk to your personal safety.

5. Verify Your New Friend’s Age and Identity

Make sure when you start talking to someone new seriously that you’re sure who they are and how old they are. Just a tip: the best and safest apps will take care of this step for you. Spotafriend has an age and ID verification step when you download the app, ensuring that you’ll be in a positive community of your peers and not a dangerous one where predators can come and go as they please.

Be careful, make real friends !