SEP 10, 2013
From registration forms to health records, going back to school generates a lot of paperwork for families, regardless of their childrenâ€™s ages. With so many forms and personal information moving back and forth between your home and schools, and from classroom to classroom, identity theft protection should be everyoneâ€™s responsibility.
While the majority of those forms will likely be handled with respect and care, some, unfortunately, will not. Child identity theft continues to grow; 2.5 percent of American households with minors at home surveyed have experienced identity fraud at some point in the childâ€™s lifetime, according to the 2012 Child Identity Fraud Report from the Identity Theft Assistance Center.
Take steps to minimize the risk of your childâ€™s important information going astray, including:
Many of those forms contain the kind of personal information identity thieves treasure, such as names, addresses and even Social Security numbers. Itâ€™s important to understand when and how to share your childâ€™s personal information and when to decline.
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