While virtual schooling has been the norm for most of the past year, aggressive testing strategies and vaccine rollouts have slowly led to the resumption of in-person learning in schools throughout the U.S. Meanwhile, there has been an unprecedented rise in identity theft during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents have had to exercise extra caution while easing their children into a remote learning environment.
However, it is no longer sufficient to keep your child safe during online learning alone. You may have to remain equally vigilant once your child moves back into the classroom learning format. The qualified and experienced team at Crown Information Management offers some suggestions for protecting your child’s identity during in-person schooling.
Since children do not have credit reports, their records serve as a blank slate for fraudsters, who can carry out illegal activities for several years, without being detected or caught. Identity thieves can use a child’s information for
Often, the first time that such activities come to light are when the child turns 18 and starts applying for relevant benefits, credit cards, loans, utilities, or licenses. However, here are some options to protect your child from identity theft.
1. Check for Your Child’s Credit Report: If you find a credit report in the name of your child, it is a red flag indicating a possible child identity theft. Inform the credit bureau and provide relevant proof to ensure that the officials take note of the issue and treat it as a formal complaint. You can also look for a credit monitoring product or service that allows you to add children, monitor their credit reports for suspicious activities, and lock or unlock your child’s report.
2. Go for a Free Security Freeze: In this option, you can get a credit report made for your child and then freeze it until the child turns 16. For a security freeze to work, you may need to provide proof of identity for yourself and your child independently to all three nationwide credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
In addition to managing the credit report,
At Crown Information Management, we offer reliable and affordable solutions for records storage as well as disposal. You can count on us for systematic records management, as well as safe and permanent destruction of physical and digital records.
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