Most adults probably don’t realize that children can be victims of identity theft. The following tips can help decrease the risk of your child’s identity being stolen from online activity:

  • Remind your children to never share identifying information, such as their full birth date, online.

  • Teach children to never share their Social Security number online.

  • Teach your children to identify phishing e-mails and to not respond to or click through their links.

  • Teach your teens to look for https in URLs at sites when shopping online to ensure that they’re providing credit card information through a secure site.

  • Ask your teens not to do any online banking or shopping on public computers, via their phones, or when using a shared Wi-Fi connection.

  • Consider subscribing to both computer and identity monitoring services.

  • Install antivirus software on your computer, tablets, and smartphones.

  • Remind your children to protect laptops and phones against theft or loss, especially when transporting such devices in a backpack or school tote.

  • Ask your children to use password protection on all devices and remind them to log out of sites and devices.

  • Teach your children to not click sidebar and pop-up ads when they are online.

  • Ask children to not create e-mails and profile names that include identifying information such as birthdates, addresses, or Social Security numbers.

  • Teach kids to come to you immediately if a site asks them to provide personal information.

  • Remind children to never share passwords or store them in an easy-to-find location.

  • Teach children how to create strong passwords and avoid reusing passwords for multiple accounts.

  • Ask teens to not store sensitive information on laptops or phones.

  • Ask your children to not accept Friend requests from people they don’t know.

  • Talk to your children about identity theft just like you talk to them about other risks.