One thing that keeps us up at night (besides our kids) is the topic of dating safely. safety. We certainly hope you’re able to connect and meet some wonderful humans here in the heybaby community, but you should be cautious when interacting with people you’ve just met. Always prioritize safety and sound judgment.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe within the heybaby community.
• Keep conversations on the heybaby platform while you’re getting to know someone.
Please report any suspicious behavior to us immediately by clicking ‘Report’ at the bottom of the person’s profile.
Protect your personal information
There is more obvious personal information that you shouldn’t share with people you don’t know, such as your full date of birth, home or work address. However, even details about your daily routine (e.g. sharing that you work out at a certain gym on the weekends) can be dangerous when in the wrong hands.
If you are a parent, limit the information that you share about your children on your profile and in early communications. Avoid sharing details such as your children’s names, where they go to school or their ages.
Protect Your Account
If you receive an email asking for personal details or your account information, please report it immediately. Or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report all suspicious and offensive behavior
Report all suspicious and offensive behavior to us immediately by clicking ‘Report’ at the bottom of the person’s profile. Block and report anyone that violates our terms or whose actions are not aligned to the heybaby Community Guidelines. Here are some examples of violations:
- Fraudulent profiles
- Underage users (you must be at least 18 years old to be part of the heybaby Community)
- Inappropriate or harmful behavior
- Harassment, threats, and offensive messages
- Spam or solicitation, including links to commercial websites or attempts to sell products or services
- Requests for money
- Never send money or share financial information, even if the person claims to be in an emergency.
- It’s almost always impossible to reverse the transaction or trace where the money went. In addition, never share information that could be used to access your financial accounts.
- If another user asks you for money, report it to us immediately by clicking ‘Report’ at the bottom of the person’s profile.
- Be wary of people who try to stick to messaging only
- While it's good practice to transition slowly off the app and into an IRL meet-up, it also can be a red flag if someone refuses to meet you in person, talk on a phone or do a video call — they may be pretending to be someone they’re not. If someone is pushing for a serious relationship without meeting or getting to know you first, you should be wary and it is probably time to disconnect with them.
Meeting in Person
Take it slow. Take your time and get to know the other person before agreeing to meet or chat away from the heybaby platform. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to screen for any red flags. A phone or video call can be a useful screening tool before meeting.
Meet in public
At least for the first few times meeting someone, it’s safer to meet in a populated, public place - never at your home, your date’s home, or any other private location. If your date pressures you to go to a private location, end the date. Have a pre-prepared excuse in case this happens.
If something doesn’t feel right, then don’t take any chances.
Tell friends and/or family about your plans
Tell a friend or family member about your plans, including when and where you’re going. Take your phone with you and make sure it’s fully charged.
Be mindful of the effects of drugs and alcohol
Be aware of how drugs or alcohol impact you; they can impair your judgment and your alertness. If your date tries to pressure you to use drugs, or drink more than you’re comfortable with, end the date.
Know where your drink comes from and know where it is at all times - only accept drinks poured or served directly from the bartender or server.
Listen to your instincts
If your instincts are telling you that something isn’t right, listen. If you feel uncomfortable, leave the date early. Have a pre-prepared excuse and ask someone for help if necessary.