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Child Identity Theft

August 12, 2011 Comments off

Child Identity Theft (PDF)
Source: Carnegie Mellon University (CyLab)

In the cyber-centric world of the 21st Century, parents have many risks and threats to ponder as they attempt to provide a safe present and a secure future for their children. Each day, a new danger seems to capture the headlines, from exposure to online predators to the cyber-bullying by schoolmates. Meanwhile, those parents are looking over their own shoulders, careful to guard against the crime of identity theft, so that they can continue to provide that safe present, and to build that secure future. Well, it just got worse.

Because, as this report suggests, it is possible that you could be quite effective at warding off online predators and cyber-bullies, as well as proving quite successful at guarding your own hard-earned good credit, only to find that your child’s identity has been violated, and your family’s financial and emotional well-being threatened in an almost inconceivable way.

What would you do if your child was in foreclosure on a home in another state? Wouldn’t you want to know if your child had run up a huge utility bill across town?

These are not theoretical questions, these are real life questions that the parents and guardians of children in this report have been forced to come to grips with. In Child Identity Theft, you will find a hard look at what child identity theft means, including an analysis of over 4,000 incidents of child identity theft, and the actual stories of several victims. The report also lists recommendations for preventative measures that should be taken by both public and private sector institutions, as well as protective steps for parents to take directly.


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