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How To Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

Learn what child identity theft is, how to detect it, how to protect your child’s personal information, and what to do if someone steals your child’s identity. What Is Child Identity Theft? How To
Consumer Alert

Identity Theft Awareness Week starts today

Seena Gressin
The challenges that COVID-19 has brought include a higher risk of identity theft. In 2020, the FTC got about 1.4 million reports of identity theft, double the number from 2019. Repeatedly, identity
Consumer Alert

Remote learning and children’s privacy

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
“Social distancing,” “shelter-in-place,” “virtual happy hour” – these are some of the new expressions on everyone’s lips the past few weeks. For many kids, parents, and teachers, add “remote learning”
Consumer Alert

COPPA: A few tips to keep your child safe online

Lisa Lake
Online games and websites for kids are everywhere these days – to the point where it’s commonplace to see toddlers playing with them, too. And while the internet often offers a positive way for
Consumer Alert

New protections available for minors under 16

Jennifer Leach, FTC, Acting Associate Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education
Young people now have more protection from identity theft and fraud, thanks to a new federal law that went into effect September 21st, 2018. The new law lets parents and child welfare representatives
Consumer Alert

Buying an internet-connected smart toy? Read this.

Cristina Miranda
Before giving in to your kid's plea for a new toy, you may want to collect some information about it. Why? Well, for one thing, that toy may want to collect information about your kid. I’m talking
Consumer Alert

Free credit freezes are here

Andrew Smith, Federal Trade Commission, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection
Free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts are here, starting September 21st, thanks to a new federal law. Here’s what you should know: Free credit freezes Security freezes, also known as credit
Consumer Alert

Back to school: Protect your child’s information

Colleen Tressler
Many school forms require personal and sensitive information. Here are some tips for keeping your child’s personal information safe — from pre-school through college. Safeguard your child’s Social
Consumer Alert

A pack rat’s guide to shredding

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Shredding Infographic Is your home a pack rat’s paradise? You’re not alone. As you start spring cleaning, are you wondering what to keep and what to shred? We’ve looked at experts’ advice and compiled