Many adults are vigilant about protecting their identities from ruthless crooks bent on appropriating their information — but is looking after ones own self enough?
"Many parents have no idea that their child is a victim (of identity theft), and this crime may go undetected for years-until the child applies for a job, loan, or rents their first apartment," according to a statement released by the Better Business Bureau.
"Protecting a child's identity is easy and vital," said Steve J. Bernas, the president and chief executive officer of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois, including .
"Simply follow some steps the BBB provides, and you may save your child from hardships in the future," Bernas advised.
And those steps are:
- Do not carry around your child's Social Security card
- Shred documents
- Find out who has access to the child's personal information at school
- Monitor your child's Internet use
- Set strict privacy settings on social networking sites