Child Identity Theft and Privacy Chat on April 7

child id theftIn 2011, a report from Carnegie Mellon Cylab discovered children were 51 times more likely than adults to have their identity stolen. The reasons for this is children have an unblemished credit record and thieves can use their social security numbers for years before being discovered. Since 2011, the concern over child identity theft has only grown. Now, several states are proposing laws to allow parents to freeze their children’s social security number until they are 18.

To shed light on what parents and kids can do to protect their identity, CSID is hosting a tweet chat and a webinar next week. On April 7, I am co-hosting the tweet chat with CSID and Lookout Social. We will discuss child identity theft including how thieves target kids, how social media impact kid’s identities and what parents and kids can do to keep their information safe. If you are on Twitter, I hope you can join us.

If you are not on Twitter, you may want take this opportunity to check it out. This is a popular site for teens and a following a chat is a great way to see how Twitter works. A tweet chat is a live discussion around a certain topic on Twitter. To take part in the chat, log in to Twitter at the set time (in this case April 7 at 11 am PT) and click on the designated hashtag (in this case #cyberSAFEchat). Everyone participating in this conversation will use this hashtag. So, when you click on #cyberSAFEchat, you can see everyone’s questions and comments. If you want to comment just add this hashtag to your tweet. If you miss the chat, I will have a follow up post with the top 10 tweets.


Mark your calendars!

Join CSID, LookOutSocial and KidsPrivacy

for the Twitter Chat on Child Identify Theft and Privacy

Monday, April 7 at 11 AM – 12 PM PT #cyberSAFEchat.



Creating a Better Internet starts with One Good Thing

onegoodthingToday is Safer Internet Day! This year’s theme is let’s create a better internet together. Here in the US, ConnectSafely is promoting kindness online by asking everyone to share one good thing they have done using technology. Too often, online safety is just about the bad things that happen online. While we do need to deal with these risks, we also need to look at how kids are being responsible and respecting one another. The reality is most kids are staying safe and having fun online. 

This was reaffirmed this morning when I watched an excellent workshop hosted by ConnectSafely featuring teens talking about life online. They shared how technology has enriched their lives by allowing them to connect, to laugh and to learn. They were not naïve about the potential dangers. Each teen talked about how they had developed ways to manage these risks and stay safe. They all agreed the best way to combat bullying and online meanness was by creating a positive and supportive online environment.

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, instead of telling your kids what they should not do online, show them what they should be doing. Let’s build a better internet, by talking about the great things happening online. If you need help finding inspiring stories, (unfortunately positive stories do not rank high in search results), check out Connect Safely’s OneGoodThing channel. It features videos from teens talking about how they use social media to do good. I included one of the videos below but there are plenty more on this channel. If you have your own example, share it at One Good Thing.

Happy Safer Internet Day!

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10 Tips from Data Privacy Day Champions

data privacyData Privacy Day is January 28. Every year, governments, businesses, nonprofits and individuals come together to share how people can protect their privacy and control their digital footprint online. Over 200 organizations have signed on as Data Privacy Champions including KidsPrivacy.

To kick off Data Privacy Day, I have 10 privacy tips from some of these great people and organizations. Growing up in a digital world, we must teach our kids how to maintain their privacy and stay secure online.  To learn more about talking with kids about managing their digital footprint, head over to National Cyber Security Alliance,who is taking the lead on organizing Data Privacy Day in the US.

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