Identity Theft Tips For Kids

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Adults are not the only ones who can fall victim to identity theft.

Most people think identity theft is only an issue that adults have to worry about. However, kids are becoming the target of identity thieves more and more. Kids 19 years old an younger accounted for almost 10 perfect of identity theft in 2010 according to the Federal Trade Commission. Keep these identity theft tips for kids in mind to help keep your children safe.

Parents should:

  • Keep your children’s Social Security card in a lockbox or safe.
  • Do not tell your child their Social Security Number until they are old enough to understand how to protect it.
  • Annual check your child’s credit report. If you find that a credit report exists, report any issues as soon as possible.
  • Shred all documents that include your child’s personal information.

Teens and young children should:

  • Never respond via email, phone, or text requests for personal information, such as your Social Security Number.
  • Ensure your cell phone, computer, and any other devices that contain your personal information are password protected.
  • Never share your PIN number that is associated with your bank account with anyone.

College students should:

  • Never carry your Social Security Card with you.
  • Keep the anti-virus software one your computer up to date to keep your personal information protected.
  • When setting a PIN number, do no use the last four digits of your Social Security Number, your address, your mother’s maiden name, your birthdate, or any other identifying information.
  • Shred all documents that contain personal information before you throw them away.

For more tips on how to keep your identity safe throughout your whole life, contact Proactive Networks in Pasadena, California.