Safety Tips for Meeting Offline

1. Don't put too much personal information on your profile/facebook page. Too much personal information can mean putting what town you live in, where you go to school, your first and last names, and where you hang out with your friends. The reason you don’t want to put personal information on your profile/facebook page is because if you do, someone who doesn't know you could find you with the information that you have put on facebook. This could be very dangerous.

2. Tell a trusted adult (parent/family member/friend) that you intend to meet this person and give them a copy of the details you have received. You'd never know they might know them or their family.

3. Do a bit of background checking (it's very easy to be someone else online, no matter how long you've known them, you don't really know them!), Google details, ask around in school, look in the phone book, etc. You have to get as much information on them as you can,to make sure they are the person they say they are (age,school etc.) You can't be too cautious.

4. Call them with an unlisted number, turn your caller ID sending off (remember Text messages always give your number)or use a phone booth. You should call rather than text, to hear their voice. You can tell a lot from someone's voice. Get to know them over the phone for a while before meeting them. Minimum of two weeks should be enough. Always do the calling.

5. Arrange to meet somewhere public. Somewhere you wouldn't normally go. Do not meet at their place or yours. You want to do your best to make sure you never meet them again, if things go bad. Tell your parents where you are going, with whom and what time you'll be done.

6. You MUST bring either two or more friends or a trusted adult, they can leave when you want them to and meet you at a set time (pre-arrange this time and stick to it) when you're done. Stay at that place for the duration of your first meeting. Remember the person you are meeting, if they really are someone you should get to know, will not mind.

7. Meet them a few times under these circumstances until you are certain they really are the person you've gotten to know online, before giving them your details.

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Safely-Meet-a-Person-You-Met-Online