Identity thieves have found new victims for their crimes and if you have children you should be worried. To help you and your child, here are some tips on how to protect your child from identity theft.
1. Recognize the red flags:
Looking for the signs of identity theft is very important to protect your kids from being compromised. Luckily, the Identity Theft Resource Center gives many tips of warning signs like; bills or credit cards being addressed to your child, collection agencies calling and an IRS notice that your child’s name or Social Security number is listed as someone else’s dependent.
2. Be vigilant in protecting your child’s sensitive information:
Schools and extra-curricular activities usually request Social Security number for children. So just like with your own sensitive information, limit how often you share it for your child.
3. Review online safety:
As your child gets older the more time they will begin spending time on different electronic devices. As a parent, you should ensure that your child isn’t sharing their personal information with strangers. Talking to your children about what is good and bad info they should share is important. If you’re able to, blocking certain sites and programs could also be beneficial.