Protecting Your Child's Identity

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Identity thefts are not only a concern for adults, but your child could also be a target.

One in ten kids before the age of 18 will have their identity stolen, according to a report by AllClearID.

The Better Business Bureau said you should not share your child's social security number unless it is necessary.

The BBB said your child's information can be stolen if it is mishandled in school or if your child enters it online.

Lori Morris, a parent herself, worries about her kids safety and personal information.

She doesn't put it on any computer system to prevent any identity thefts.

"They would have a lot of debt. They wouldn't be able to do anything really in their adult life. They can have trouble getting a car, a house, anything," said Morris.

How can parents find out if their kids information can be stolen?

Run a credit report when they are 16, but if you do it before it can put them at risk as it will create a record with credit agencies that did not exist before.

The BBB recommends to check your kids credit before they go to college so if your child is a victim you can clear it before they are 18.


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