Growing up Unprotected: Child ID Theft
Children are 51 times more likely to have their identities stolen than adults. Now that children have a digital footprint at an early age, identity thieves have found an easier route to take advantage of children’s unused social security numbers to secure thousands of dollars in loans and credit – and go undetected for years.
While most parents understand the dangers of online predators, nearly half of parents are unaware that child identity theft is a growing problem. Children with stolen identities can have difficulty applying to colleges, opening savings accounts or credit cards and may have thousands of dollars of fraudulent debt associated with their name. Not to mention the financial hit businesses take because of these schemes.
In this discussion, security expert Bryan Hjelm from CSID and online child safety advocate Clay Nichols from LookOut Social will explore today’s digital landscape of child identity as it relates to our social and professional lives.
- How and why are identity thieves targeting children more frequently than adults?
- How does child identity theft affect children, their families and businesses once the child turns 18?
- In what ways do social media and Internet habits affect child identity theft?
- What laws and rights protect children in cases of identity theft?
- What are the signs of child identity theft?
Nikol Schiller INK
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