Online Romance Week is upon us again, and experts are warning Internet users to be cautious about who they chat to online.
Online community expert Jonathan Bishop of Efail Isaf, Pontypridd is warning of the dangers of online romances, â€œWhilst it is proven that speaking to someone online can enhance face-to-face relationships, people are not always who they say they areâ€, he explains, â€œThe world is full of stories of people whoâ€™s lives have been almost ruined because of a relationship that started onlineâ€.
Mr. Bishop offers a number of suggestions to people wanting to meet in person someone they have spoken to online: â€œIf youâ€™re absolutely certain you want to meet up, its important that you meet in a public place during the day and always let someone know where you are, or if possible take someone along with youâ€.
Online Romance Week runs from Friday 13 May to Thursday 19 May and can be a time where lasting relationships are formed through the medium of the Internet. A website explaining the dangers of chatting online can be found at http://www.chatdanger.com.