Now that Labor Day has come and gone, children are getting ready to head back to school and return to their daily routine. While you the parent may be concerned about your child getting up in time to catch the bus or making sure they sit down to do their homework when they get home in the evening, you may have overlooked one of the more important long-term priorities of sending your kid off to school: Protecting them from identity theft.
According to a 2012 study by Javelin Strategy and Research, roughly 2.5 percent of all households in the country have children under 18 years of age that have already had their identities stolen. This isn’t necessarily because of a lack of identity protection, but everyday behavior that inherently exposes kids to the risks of theft.
Before many kids go back to class, they have to undergo a physical, which means mom and dad will be exchanging medical information with an outside party. Anytime important documents with personal identification information travels, if it isn’t kept close at hand, it could be misplaced and then fall into the lap of a thief.
Not only that, but providing the school nurse, sports coaches or after-school instructors with this information also increases your child’s exposure to identity theft.
Only provide info like your child’s Social Security number or documents like copies of their birth certificates to parties that absolutely verify they need them and can promise the best identity protection possible.