Virtual Sex is using gadgets/ internet to indulge in any kind of sexual activity. This includes sexting, performing sexual activities together on video chat, sending photos, phone sex, private chat rooms, sliding into the DMs, and so much more! What choices does one have?
- Sexting – Sending or receiving sexual things (texts, pictures, videos) over text message or social media platforms (Snapchat, Instagram, Kik, etc.).
- Phone Sex – Talking sexy things over the phone to someone.
- Sexy Blogs – Writing sexy stories, notes, or fantasies on the internet in a personal blog or in the public forum
- Watching sexy videos or porn together through video or phone chat (Skype, FaceTime, etc)
- Virtual Exhibitionism – Posting pictures or videos of yourself to public websites or social media accounts.
- Online Role Play – enacting roles with other identities or fantasies with your partner(s) online.
Virtual sex doesn’t come without its pitfalls. So, watch out for the signs of danger or online scam!
Romance scams are on the rise. Beware of known and unknown people alike. Cybersecurity experts advise women to establish connections through trusted contacts on social media. You must speak to your contact to verify the identity and background of the person you are taking an interest in online, before disclosing any details about yourself. Very often, online predators resort to blackmail and extortion. Watch out for scammers who claim that they are in sudden trouble, especially if they ask for immediate financial help.
2. Don’t share your details
Never share details of your Aadhar or PAN card, home or work address or your daily routine with people you don’t know. If you are a parent, be watchful of your children becoming prey to these dangerous online activities. Do not rush to hasty conclusions if some unknown person claims that your loved ones in danger. Verify the facts first.
3. Beware of money scams
Experts particularly caution against transferring any money, even if the prospective date is claiming to be stuck in an emergency. Never share details that could be used to access your financial accounts in dating sites. If a user asks you for money, report it to the dating site immediately.
4. Chat only on the platform
Keep conversations on the platform while you’re getting to know someone. Users with malicious intentions often try to move the conversation to other channels like text, messaging apps, email, or phone right away.
5. Scams & Complaints
There’s no point blaming yourself after getting cheated. Keep a record of all conversations and report any suspicious behaviour to the dating sites if you use any. If you have been duped of money or if you have been harmed in any way, immediately lodge an FIR with a local police station or alert cyber crime cells.
If you are meeting in person:
- Never meet in private places like residences or secluded places.
- Always meet at a public place.
- Always share the location details of your rendezvous with friends or family.
- Inform your plans to someone you trust.
- Take an app-driven car to the meeting and ask a friend to pick you up after the date.
- Refuse alcohol on the first date and if you have a non-alcoholic drink, don’t leave it unattended.