As we are all enjoying the graduation season, sharing our fondest memories of our graduates with friends and family, keep aware of the vulnerabilities of teen identity theft. Unfortunately this is a prime time for high school seniors to become targets for identity thieves.
Through education, knowledge, and practical application, you can teach your teen to be more diligent about protecting themselves. Shred Alaska offers some ideas on how to protect your recent graduate before they head off to college or into the workforce.
Don’t Overshare on the Web
Generation Z have been inundated with social media and web presences since they were born. The most significant aspect of this generation is its widespread usage of the internet and social media. Therefore sharing online seems second nature, and another language all together.
Make sure teens are informed not to reveal full addresses or phone numbers online. With how interconnected the web is, it’s very easy for identity thieves to collect additional data online just based on that information to start.
Check Your Credit
As a parent, you can lead by example by checking your teens credit together on a regular basis. Granted, they most likely have little to no credit whatsoever, but that makes them prime targets for thieves looking to capitalize on a clean slate credit report.
Utilizing online companies like Credit Karma will allow your teen to review the information as well as learn how to navigate through their credit report. As a parent, you can offer suggestions on what warning signs to look for.
Shred Credit Card Offers
As soon as your teen turns 18 (if they haven’t already), credit card offers will be swarming in. It’s very tempting for a struggling college student, or new to the workforce teen to get as many credit cards as possible.
Discuss with your your teen the importance of making a habit of shredding ALL credit card offers that they won’t apply. Utilize Shred Alaska’s walk-in retail shredding service and grab a FREE Shred Bag to collect all items to be destroyed.
Keep Your Bank Info Private
In the busy season after graduation, teens are in a hustle to “get started” with the next stages in their lives. It’s exciting but as they are meeting new people, and involved in new experiences with their new found freedom, they may tend to have their guard down.
Make sure to discuss the importance of keeping all banking info, atm/debit card pin numbers, or online banking passwords private. Even sharing this information with friends could be harmful.
No suggestions can serve as a guarantee that your teen graduate won’t face identity theft fraud. However, adopting good, secure habits in this stage of their lives could lead to avoiding becoming a target in the future.
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