Whether you are a parent, brother, sister, or work in an organisation supporting a MyKind member, they have invited you on their important journey. Thank you for enabling them to try MyKind to find friends and maybe that someone special, and we hope you both get to celebrate the results!
However, predators prey on lonely men and women, teenagers, people with disabilities, people with money invested, and the aged.
They pretend they are someone who can be trusted, and trick people into believing they understand them more than anyone else, like a special friend. They may ask a vulnerable member to keep what they say or do secret.
You probably don’t need our advice here, but we offer it anyway. If there’s anything we’ve missed, please let us know.
- Ensure you and the person you support understand the Tips to keep safe
- Report any person whose language or behaviour creeps you out to MyKind.
- For serious concerns where a person’s safety is at risk contact Police immediately.
- Encourage your person to show you online who they want to meet face-to-face.
- If you accompany them to a meeting/date, introduce yourself to their friend/date, and check that it is the same person whose photo you saw online.
- If you and your person are comfortable, give them space and observe them from a distance.
- If your person is comfortable meeting someone alone, ensure you or someone else knows who they are meeting, where and when. Encourage them to meet in a public place where there are other people.
- After a meeting/date, encourage your person to tell you what they talked about, how they felt about it, and whether they want to meet again.
- Be prepared to support them if there is no second date this time.