College is a time to explore who you are as a person. For a lot of people, that means online dating in college with the aid of apps like Tinder or Bumble. I’ve never been a fan, but a lot of my college friends are. Here are some ground rules we set up to ensure the safety of our friends:
Use “Find my Friends” (or something similar)
If you or a friend decides to actually meet one of their Tinder matches for a date, using an app like “Find my Friends” can help make sure that you are safe. This is especially relevant if your Tinder date is picking you up (which I don’t recommend). You can set up location sharing for just the day so your friends don’t get mad at you when you say you’re on your way when you’re actually just getting in the shower (again).
Always tell your friends when you expect to be home
This goes hand-in-hand with the first tip, but it’s always a good idea to tell roommates or friends when you expect you’ll be home. If you don’t show up close to the time you told them, they can reach out to you to make sure everything is okay.
Set an escape word
If you feel unsafe, or your date is just going poorly, set a word to text your friend or roommate so they can call you with a dramatic excuse to get you out of the situation. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use it, but when it comes to online dating in college, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Limit your age range to college students
Tinder gives you the ability to limit the search for your significant other by gender, age, and location. We always had a rule to limit the age range to around the typical age of college students, just as a precaution.