A child is not immune to identity theft. In many ways, using a child’s identity has inherent benefits. For example, a young child will not have a criminal record, will not have debts like mortgages and student loans, will not be doing a credit check soon and possibly will not find out about the crime for years and years.

Brian O’Connor suggest some ways to protect a child’s identity:

“… Check to see if any of the credit bureaus have a file opened on your child. There should be no activity.”

link to the article by Brian J. O’Connor for The Detroit News

To add to the list of suggestions, if the child is old enough to be on the computer, he/she should be aware of security online. It is simple – don’t give out personal information to strangers online.

Catherine Forsythe