Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

By: Alexis Carter

Parents try to carefully check their child's websites, email, mobile phone and text messages for the reason that they worry about their child's safety. They are afraid of their child`s being treated inappropriately online. However, they often forget that children may become victims of another kind of danger, which is that of identity theft.
A child is an ideal object for identity theft. Children`s credit records are spotless. Moreover, since they are not making use of their credit, it may be unnoticed for many years. They become mature and all of a sudden they find out that their credit records are spoiled. In 2005 it was reported that more than half a million children suffered from identity theft. The examples of such theft are the use of Social Security Number, which belongs to a child, and getting credit in a child`s name.


What are the ways of protecting a child from identity theft? The possible measures are: to control access to your online information and profile; to keep a child`s social security number private - you can even refuse to give it online to educational establishments or medical providers; to keep all important documents in a safe place at home; not to put these documents in your purse; to ask for verifying documents from a bank if they state that they are creating a savings account for your child; not to give your children Social Security Number till they are old enough; to check thoroughly your computer, especially spyware and anti virus software; to mistrust any website or telephone call that wants to get your child's SSN - be sure that any demand for SSN is legitimate, important and essential before providing it.
Carefulness and awareness are extremely necessary to defend your child from identity theft. There are many instances when child`s identity theft is carried out by friends or family members, but now there are more examples when it happens through the information posted on the internet. Try not to be concerned about what people will think of your carefulness. Many will see you as a prudent parent who realizes the real dangers of the world and, by protecting his child's financial security, sets the example of how to save children from identity theft.

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