Safer Internet Day is organized by Insafe each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people.
This year, Safer Internet Day (SID) will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2012 and will be based on the theme “Connecting generations and educating each other.”
In honor of this important day, take a few minutes tomorrow to think about your children’s safety and how you can protect them. Here are a few tips that will help:
1. Never reveal your child’s Social Security number unless you have to. Just because someone asks for it at school or even at the dentist’s office doesn’t mean you have to give it to them. Ask if they’ll accept some other type of identification.
2. Check your child’s credit report every year. The three major credit-reporting agencies—Experian, Equifax and TransUnion—will give you one free copy per year. A child typically doesn’t have a report on file so any activity could indicate identity theft.
3. Teach your child to never reveal their personal information on Facebook or any other public sites.
4. Enroll your child in an identity protection service, which will place fraud alerts on his or her credit reports and do several other things to fight identity theft. ID Essentials offers a family protection service that can protect the whole family.
The bottom line is—be proactive when it comes to protecting your child’s identity. With the right protection, you can live in “the digital world together… safely!”
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