This week I am guest blogger for CSID. CSID is a leading provider of global, enterprise level identity protection and fraud detection solutions and technologies.They recently published a study on Child Identity Theft: A Parenting Blind Spot.
5 Pieces of Information Kids Should Not Share Online
When I talk to my kids about what not to post online, I focus primarily on information that would allow a stranger to contact them. Their information is also valuable to identity thieves. Thieves search kids’ social media accounts looking for personal information. They use their information to open fraudulent accounts or attain pieces of ID such as a driver’s license. With a child’s information, they often can impersonate them for years without being detected. According to a study by CyLab at Carnegie Mellon, identity theft is 51 times more likely with children than adults.
Recently, CSID conducted a survey to find out what parents know about child identity theft. The survey found that most parents do talk to their kids about sharing information online and, like me, they do so because of concern about their child sharing information online with strangers. Only 18% of parents were concerned with identity theft, however, and although concerned, most (52%) are not taking action to protect their children’s information. The survey found that when parents are aware of the issue they want to take action, but don’t know what to do or where to begin.
In December, Josh Miller interviewed his 10th grade sister about how she and her friends are using technology. His interview inspired Gerry Tan to conduct a survey of teens and young adults about which services they used regularly. For teens, he found the top 5 sites were Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat and Twitter. The most used site for teens was Tumblr, even more popular than Facebook.
If your teen is on one of these sites or asking to use it, I have added articles about these sites to my Privacy Tools. If you do not want to click over, I included the same links below.
These articles explain how these services work as well as what kids and parents need to watch out for. Even if your kid is not asking about these sites – yet, it wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with them. You may even find one you want to try.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Many organizations are tweeting, posting and talking about how to protect personal information and devices. It is not just about protecting your desktop. Viruses and scams via mobile networks are on the rise. With kids having their own devices, they need know how to recognize online scams.
Some scams are obvious. Most adults know not to send money to the Nigerian Prince or their neighbors stuck in Europe. But sometimes, these scams are more subtle. Emails from a trusted source may contain harmful links. This month, I received this email from my cable service.
Dear Comcast Member,
The credit card we have on file for your Comcast Internet service was declined when we attempted to bill you on 10/09/2012 for your most recent service fees.
For this reason, your service could be suspended. Please visit our Account Information pages,