More Safety Tips: More Ways to Protect Your Child’s Identity

Store your child’s Social Security number (SSN) safely

Once you receive your child’s Social Security card, store it in a home safe, locked box or safe deposit box. Do NOT carry around the card, or anything that has your child’s SSN written on it. Shred any documents that have your family’s SSNs on them.

Be computer smart

Keep your anti-virus software up to date, and only open and download content from trusted sources.

Limit what you share on social media

Posts that reveal personal information, like names, birthdays and hometowns increase your vulnerability—especially if you use the same information in your online passwords and password hints. In fact, according to AllClear ID’s 2012 Child Identity Theft Report, “people who upload new photos of children and family members experience fraud at a higher rate than the general population.”

Educate your child

If your child is old enough to go online, talk to him/her about the types of information that are unsafe to share. Show him/her the red flags to look out for when opening and downloading content.