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The Resource Center Child Identity Theft & Protection | article

The important role of parental controls

Many parents like to think that because they’ve done their best to guide their children in the right direction, their sons or daughters are well equipped to avoid basic pratfalls like identity theft in their day-to-day lives. However, when it comes to the internet, the threat of identity theft could be lurking on websites or devices that may seem harmless but are secretly scams or fronts.

This is why almost all devices that permit access to the internet have parental controls that allow moms and dads to regulate what cyber content their children have access to. If your child has a desktop or laptop computer, a tablet, a smartphone a video game console or even an e-reader, they could still have their personal identification information compromised by a hacker or a virus as a result of insufficient ID theft protection.

Not only is your child’s identity at risk in these situations, but so is their innocence, as their are a host of videos, chat rooms, online forums and internet communities that share content which is simply not age appropriate for younger children. You may think that your child is more mature than others, but that doesn’t mean they are ready to go down a rabbit hold that could ultimately not only leave them scarred but also identity theft victims.

Parental controls you should explore include:

  • Filtering or blocking, which limits access to certain websites, words or images
  • Blocking outgoing content so your children won’t be able to share personal information online
  • Time limits that control how long your child can even access the internet

Monitoring tools to alert you to online activity without blocking your child’s internet access that can be used with or without your child’s knowledge, warning you to potentially hazardous behavior that could lead to identity theft.

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