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Dates aren't anything to be afraid of, as long as you're safe and use common sense. Dating IS the getting-to-know-you phase for most people and most couples.
Make sure your parents know where you are at all times, make sure you go to public places you're familiar with, have a charged cellphone on you and bail without hesitation if anything feels uncomfortable. But, most importantly, have fun and be yourself. Dating should, and must, be fun. :)
Take care, sister.