Fredericksburg Parent

May 2013

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fredericksburg parent & family PUBLISHER Leigh Anne Van Doren Tabitha & Jamie Nelle's mom DIRECTOR of OPERATIONS & MARKETING Heidi DiEugenio, Duke & Dane's mom director of Advertising Leanne Dalton Justin, Steven & Rebeka's mom Advertising Sales representatives Kathy Vaughan; Becca & Sarah's mom Michele Amaya; Hayley, Alayna, Levi & Nathaly's mom OFFICE MANAGER Nancy Massanat Emily & Kyle's Mom EDITOR Elizabeth Jones Jordan, Quincy, & Hayden's mom GRAPHIC DESIGNer Cheryl Carter Alex, Kate & Jackie's mom WEBMASTER Karen Charney Joshua & Spencer's mom calendar editor Leigha Pecher Jake & Luke's mom DIRECTOR of CIRCULATION Krista Starosta Nick, Andrew, Kaylin & Kensington's mom Program Manager, Science Saturdays Victoria McCollum Ian & Malcolm's mom Community Blog Manager Mary Becelia Katherine Laura & Robert Joseph's mom Facebook Community Managers Elizabeth Jones: Jordan, Quincy & Hayden's mom Pamela Quinones: Corinn, Michael, Isabella & Dalton ADVERTISING 540/374-1495 phone e-mail e-mail e-mail e-mail . Protecting Your Children from Identity Theft by Nick Kelly PRODUCTION Hi, My Name is CALENDAR & RESOURCE REQUESTS EDITORIAL 540/374-1495 • fax 540/374-1672 e-mail snail mail P.O. Box 7884, Fred'bg, VA 22404 phone The publishers reserve the right to reject any advertisement, editorial or listing that does not meet the publication's standards. No part of this magazine may be reproduced with out permission. Listing and advertising rates are available upon request. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information contained herein, however, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Listings and advertisements are subject to typographical errors, ommissions and/or change without notice. © Copyright 2013 Nurture, Inc. All rights reserved. Entrepreneur of the Year Proud Founding Member 8 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • May 2013 I dentity theft is on the rise, especially those of children. In the past year, identity theft rose from 6.4 million (5.5 percent of households in 2005) to 8.6 million (7 percent of households). Identity theft is defined as an "unauthorized use or attempted misuse of an existing credit card or other existing account; the misuse of personal information to open a new account, or for another fraudulent purpose; or a combination of these types of misuse." For adult victims, this often means canceling credit cards, reviewing credit reports — and requesting fraud alerts on those reports, closing accounts that may be compromised, filing a report with local police and filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. But what does it mean for children with compromised identities? Richard Power, distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, reports that of 40,000 child identities scanned in 2012, 4,311 (or 10.2 percent) were victims of identity theft. The primary thieves of children's stolen identities include illegal immigrants, organized crime and friends and family (e.g. to circumvent bad credit ratings). One shocking statistic reported by a Javelin Research study in 2011 revealed that in cases of familial fraud, "the average amount stolen was $8,233, compared with $3,666 when the scammer is not known to the victim." Child identity theft is a growing market, as every child is issued a social security number at birth, but parents rarely track their children's SSNs. Unused social security numbers are uniquely valuable as thieves can pair them with any name and birth date. The discovery of theft usually happens when a child attempts their first credit transaction, such as "purchasing a cell phone, setting up an online account in their own name, applying for college financial aid or getting that first job," states the Javelin study. Children may have to overcome years of negative credit, delaying college or their dream job for months or years and, their potential to earn a security clearance for government work may be affected. What are some resources available to parents to keep their children's identities safe? The first is to have effective, up-to-date security software in place on the child's internet accessible devices. This is not just a laptop or desktop discussion. Children now access online information through mobile devices, gaming consoles, tablets and phones. A 2010 Data Breach Investigation report found that "…92 percent of attacks were not very difficult to commit." Tech News World reports that "…without security, your unprotected PC can become infected within four minutes of connecting to the internet." To learn more, visit our website at for the complete article,"Protecting Your Children from Identity Theft" Cover Photo Credits Kristin Nash, the voice of FredParent's MomStops Tip of the Day on B101 and her daughter Kaden, are pictured with Teri Coleman and her daughters, the Spotsy Town Center, FredParent & B101.5's "My Mom Rocks Essay Contest" 2012 winners. Images by photographer Sandie Waters – Megan, Joseph, & Vincenzo's mum. • 540-446-0383

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