How to Protect Your Child's Identity and Privacy
As parents, we worry about everything having to do with our children: Are they up-to-date with their vaccinations? Are we saving enough for their education? Have we taken the proper steps to secure their future?
Now, due to the Internet and the widespread availability of personal information online, we have a new set of concerns: How do we protect our children's identities and privacy, and keep their spotless credit out of the reach of criminals?
What You Can Do to Prevent
Child Identity Theft
- Monitor your child's credit report for activity. There should be none.
- Protect their social security number by keeping it in a safe place.
- Do not share their social security number with organizations requesting it, unless absolutely necessary.
- Enroll your child in an identity and credit monitoring service such as IdentityForce ChildWatch that regularly monitors and alerts you to any suspicious activity linked to their personal information, such as email, social security number, address, and date of birth.
Tips For Protecting Your
Child’s Identity While Online
- Keep the home computer in a visible location, like the kitchen, where you can supervise its use.
- Activate parental controls and limit what your children can see and share online.
- Know who your children are interacting with online.
- Monitor their social media profiles and email accounts.
- Discuss the importance of not sharing their personal information.
- Be sure your wireless Internet connection is secure.
- Use anti-virus and anti-malware software.
- Make sure your firewall is active.
- Familiarize yourself with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)