You can read more dating safety tips, including info on sexting.
If you think the person you're dating is abusive, get help.
Talk to your parents or guardians or other adult you trust. If you have been raped, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline online or at 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).
If you think someone is not treating you with respect, learn more about safety in relationships. Different people mean different things when they say "hooking up." Usually, though, it means doing something sexual with somebody you're not dating. Dating can be a great way to get to know someone — and to get to know what you want from a relationship. For example, try getting to know a person by talking at school or on the phone first.
You also can go out with a group of friends to a public place.
You may even want to spend all of your time together. That way you can connect with other people who care about you, too.
And you'll have time for goals and activities that matter to you. Love involves really knowing someone, respecting them, trusting them, and caring about their happiness.
Waiting until the heat of the moment to try to cool things down doesn't work as well.
The person you're with should always respect your right to say no. These include feeling embarrassed or upset afterward, getting pregnant, and getting a sexually transmitted disease (also known as an STI). You can take steps to stay safe whenever you go out with someone.
Here are some tips for thinking about when you might start seeing someone: Ask yourself: Talk to your parents or guardians about starting to date.