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6 Tips to Protect Kids Personal Information

Personal Information Sometimes it seems I’m surrounded in personal information. Not the TMI kind but that of my busy kids who keep my garage door on pace for a world record for most cycles in a single day. We encourage our children to find what makes them happy and then pursue it with a passion.  From sports to music, academic interests and more, the goal has never been to raise a child who is super at everything.  But rather our hope is that we are tuned into our children, listening to their hearts, encouraging them to explore the world and when they find a sweet spot of natural success, to do all we can to help them soar.

This also means completing lengthy registration forms full of personal information you don’t necessarily have memorized or at your fingertips ready to share.  Everything from emergency contact information in case you aren’t available to doctor’s office details, insurance policy numbers and copies of birth certificates, its exactly this kind of organized information that prompted me to create our GO MOM!® DIY Planner.

One of our children plays highly competitive baseball.  It’s not uncommon to have to supply a copy of a birth certificate to your coach to keep on file throughout the season to validate your athlete’s age for tournament registration.  The stakes are high with college scouts in attendance and while the tournament directors do not make copies of these documents, they have to be able to view this personal information if requested.  That means the level of trust we have to have in our son’s coach is immense. Fortunately, we attend every game and simply keep the document locked and ready to go if it needs to be provided even if that means arriving early to make it convenient for the coach.

In the world of document security, its birth certificates and social security numbers that are to be held closest to the vest because once shared too public, you are destined to find yourself, or your child, a victim of identity theft. The increase in identity theft has been staggering and sadly, even Child ID theft is happening every day. Unfortunately, many parents have no idea how ID theft happens in general and therefore, unknowingly leave their children at risk as much as themselves.

Thankfully, topics like keeping personal papers organized are right up my organized alley and I am honored to be working together with kidSure as an Ambassador in the coming months.  Here are a few tips to help you protect your children as you protect yourself:

1.  Say no to Social Security: Make sure your kids’ school is not using Social Security numbers as student IDs. Many schools still do and if you are challenged to provide this information, challenge back and follow the proper procedures to avoid doing so.

2.  Keep it Private: As your children grow and you begin to share more sensitive information with them, talk with them about the dangers of sharing personal information and set a list of security rules to keep them safe.

3. Take Charge: Teach teenagers how to guard their personal information while applying for jobs and when they go to college.  Remind them to keep there passwords secure and financial information protected on their computers and in their rooms.

4.  Teach Online Saftey: Facebook is usually a child’s first step to online indepence and now many teens are turning to Twitter because it releases them from having to friend their parents.  Take time to talk with your child about where they go and what they do online so they don’t unknowingly reveal personal information that can be used in an identity theft. Teach them to monitor their privacy settings regularly since Facebook in particular can change them with updates leaving accounts public until users choose to make them private again.

5.  Recognize the Red Flags: Remind your child to be cautious of any online request for personal or financial information for themselves or their family members.  Most major institutions simply won’t ask for the information in that manner so make sure you teach your child that its a red flag.

6.  Pay the Professionals: When I’m outside my area of expertise, I’m all about finding resources to help me tame the beast and when it comes to identify theft, it just makes good sense to enroll both your children and yourselves in an identity theft or credit monitoring service.

Thanks to  IDENTITY GUARD®, you can start protecting your children now with kIDSure.  Its a comprehensive program designed to focus directly on your children, helping you monitor their personal information every step of the way.  A wonderful tool to teach by, we are actively working with our teenagers to help them understand why keeping their identify safe is as important as knowing how to balance a checkbook.  Personal finance is a lifelong journey and when taught early, our children have a wonderful opportunity to create a lifetime of security both in managing their money and their personal information.  I can’t think of a better gift.  So tell me…

Do you have an identify theft monitoring service?  Do you also have it for your kids?

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!

Molly

Disclosure:  This service was provided to me for review at no charge. In addition I received monetary compensation. All opinions are my own

 

 

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