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Children going back-to-school, unaware that child identity theft is on the rise.
August 06, 2018

​Yes, “back to school” time has arrived: that time of summer when the school supply sales start, children lament how short summer has been, and parents reflect on how long it’s been. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or heading off to college, you are undoubtedly filing out…

​Yes, “back to school” time has arrived: that time of summer when the school supply sales start, children lament how short summer has been, and parents reflect on how long it’s been. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or heading off to college, you are undoubtedly filing out…

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July 30, 2018

​From personal digital assistants to smart appliances, the “Internet of Things” has become a daily part of adult life, and now we’re sharing it with our children. Kid gadgets start with “tot tech” such as baby monitors with built-in cameras and teddy bears that can check kids’ vital…

​From personal digital assistants to smart appliances, the “Internet of Things” has become a daily part of adult life, and now we’re sharing it with our children. Kid gadgets start with “tot tech” such as baby monitors with built-in cameras and teddy bears that can check kids’ vital…

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Protecting Kids from Cyberbullying
June 25, 2018

​Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Unfortunately, it’s not true. Words can hurt and put kids at risk of anxiety, depression, other stress-related disorders, and even suicide. Add in digital communication and the problem of bullying…

​Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Unfortunately, it’s not true. Words can hurt and put kids at risk of anxiety, depression, other stress-related disorders, and even suicide. Add in digital communication and the problem of bullying…

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Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media
May 21, 2018

​From the time they can talk and walk, we teach our kids not to talk to strangers. But on social media, kids can’t always tell who’s a stranger. GuardChild reports that 55 percent of teens have given out personal information online, including photos and physical descriptions, to someone they…

​From the time they can talk and walk, we teach our kids not to talk to strangers. But on social media, kids can’t always tell who’s a stranger. GuardChild reports that 55 percent of teens have given out personal information online, including photos and physical descriptions, to someone they…

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Freedom and Responsibility: Mobile Device Safety for Kids
April 20, 2018

​Mobile devices have become an everyday part of family life: 77 percent of teens and 56 percent of kids 8 through 11 now own cell phones. While smartphones are great for coordinating after school pick-ups, chatting, gaming with friends, or even helping with homework, they can also put kids at…

​Mobile devices have become an everyday part of family life: 77 percent of teens and 56 percent of kids 8 through 11 now own cell phones. While smartphones are great for coordinating after school pick-ups, chatting, gaming with friends, or even helping with homework, they can also put kids at…

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Protecting Children from Familiar Fraud
April 13, 2018

​Familiar fraud, identity theft by someone who knows the victim, is despicable. Familiar fraud against children is even worse, and it’s all too common. A Carnegie Mellon study found that of 40,000 children in their survey population, more than 10 percent had been victims of identity theft, and…

​Familiar fraud, identity theft by someone who knows the victim, is despicable. Familiar fraud against children is even worse, and it’s all too common. A Carnegie Mellon study found that of 40,000 children in their survey population, more than 10 percent had been victims of identity theft, and…

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Teaching Kids to Download (or Not Download) Safely
April 02, 2018

Several months ago, researchers discovered dozens of malware-infected game apps on the Google Play store. The games were targeted at children, and the malware in them displayed advertisements for porn and tried to trick the users into installing fake security software that contained spyware. Even…

Several months ago, researchers discovered dozens of malware-infected game apps on the Google Play store. The games were targeted at children, and the malware in them displayed advertisements for porn and tried to trick the users into installing fake security software that contained spyware. Even…

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How to Help Kids Surf the Internet Safely
March 05, 2018

​This generation is a digital one: a recent Nielsen study shows that over 75% of kids are on a mobile plan by the time they’re 12 years old, and most of those plans include text messaging and data. Another study found that kids under 9 are already spending more than 2 hours a day on screens.…

​This generation is a digital one: a recent Nielsen study shows that over 75% of kids are on a mobile plan by the time they’re 12 years old, and most of those plans include text messaging and data. Another study found that kids under 9 are already spending more than 2 hours a day on screens.…

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Pictures of You: Your Privacy in Public
September 24, 2017

From tabloid covers and gossip blogs to mainstream news, we’re constantly seeing embarrassing photos of the rich and famous. But it’s not just celebrities who can be harmed by inappropriately shared photos. With smartphone cameras in our hands all the time, and social media just a click away,…

From tabloid covers and gossip blogs to mainstream news, we’re constantly seeing embarrassing photos of the rich and famous. But it’s not just celebrities who can be harmed by inappropriately shared photos. With smartphone cameras in our hands all the time, and social media just a click away,…

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August 13, 2017

Research indicates that social media behavior has a strong impact on the brain, from impulse control, to depression and self-esteem. Sharing photos of yourself with friends and family and getting likes or shares can be hard to resist. But did you know that facial recognition technology, like that…

Research indicates that social media behavior has a strong impact on the brain, from impulse control, to depression and self-esteem. Sharing photos of yourself with friends and family and getting likes or shares can be hard to resist. But did you know that facial recognition technology, like that…

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June 25, 2017

Did you know that a criminal doesn’t need to steal your whole identity in order to steal your identity? It’s called “synthetic” identity theft, a crime where crooks combine information from different people’s identities, often together with fabricated information, to open financial…

Did you know that a criminal doesn’t need to steal your whole identity in order to steal your identity? It’s called “synthetic” identity theft, a crime where crooks combine information from different people’s identities, often together with fabricated information, to open financial…

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June 22, 2017

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is off to college. You moved them into the dorm, said slightly tearful goodbyes, reminisced on the way home about how fast they’ve grown up, and now you can relax, right? Well, before you get too comfy, you need to do some continuing education of your own.…

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is off to college. You moved them into the dorm, said slightly tearful goodbyes, reminisced on the way home about how fast they’ve grown up, and now you can relax, right? Well, before you get too comfy, you need to do some continuing education of your own.…

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June 15, 2017

Starting college usually involves a lot of requirements—all those 101 classes in math and science and literature. But one of the things that colleges won’t teach is the financial literacy that your student needs to be safe and successful in adult life. For many kids, heading off to college…

Starting college usually involves a lot of requirements—all those 101 classes in math and science and literature. But one of the things that colleges won’t teach is the financial literacy that your student needs to be safe and successful in adult life. For many kids, heading off to college…

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Protect Kids with Online Parental Controls
April 13, 2017

The internet is a wonderful place for children to learn, communicate, play, and explore. But of course, the internet can also be a dangerous place where children can encounter adult content, criminals, and numerous other threats. Little wonder, then, that many parents are looking for smart,…

The internet is a wonderful place for children to learn, communicate, play, and explore. But of course, the internet can also be a dangerous place where children can encounter adult content, criminals, and numerous other threats. Little wonder, then, that many parents are looking for smart,…

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Ooh, Baby! Identity Theft in Diapers
January 31, 2017

Baby showers are so much more fun than they used to be. Instead of a ladies-only luncheon, expectant parents can now look forward to the “man shower,” the earth-friendly “green shower,” or the “sprinkle” mini-shower for a second baby. If you still struggle to find the perfect gift for a…

Baby showers are so much more fun than they used to be. Instead of a ladies-only luncheon, expectant parents can now look forward to the “man shower,” the earth-friendly “green shower,” or the “sprinkle” mini-shower for a second baby. If you still struggle to find the perfect gift for a…

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Tips to Avoid Unsafe Toys
December 01, 2016

Who doesn’t enjoy the look of excitement on a child’s face when they receive a new toy? But did you know that each year, nearly 200,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms with toy-related injuries, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign? Of course, this doesn’t mean that…

Who doesn’t enjoy the look of excitement on a child’s face when they receive a new toy? But did you know that each year, nearly 200,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms with toy-related injuries, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign? Of course, this doesn’t mean that…

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November 27, 2016

Social media has become a rite of passage for young adults. It’s a place to meet with friends, share experiences, and express themselves in creative ways. It can also get them into deep trouble if they’re not prepared for its dangers. Sexual predators, cyber bullies, and criminals flock to…

Social media has become a rite of passage for young adults. It’s a place to meet with friends, share experiences, and express themselves in creative ways. It can also get them into deep trouble if they’re not prepared for its dangers. Sexual predators, cyber bullies, and criminals flock to…

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Identity Catch-22: Children and Credit Reports
November 24, 2016

There are so many rites of passage into adult life: learning to drive, graduating from high school, maybe college, your first job. Then there are the financial rites of passage: setting up your own bank account, renting an apartment, your first credit card. Sadly, identity theft can rob your child…

There are so many rites of passage into adult life: learning to drive, graduating from high school, maybe college, your first job. Then there are the financial rites of passage: setting up your own bank account, renting an apartment, your first credit card. Sadly, identity theft can rob your child…

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September 25, 2016

If your child is starting college, it’s time to talk to them about the facts of life—that there are people out there who want to steal their identity. And now that they’re leaving home, it’s up to them to protect themselves. This talk can be as important to your child’s future as the one…

If your child is starting college, it’s time to talk to them about the facts of life—that there are people out there who want to steal their identity. And now that they’re leaving home, it’s up to them to protect themselves. This talk can be as important to your child’s future as the one…

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September 15, 2016

If you have teenagers in your family, you’ve probably heard about “sexting” and other types of risky behavior that some kids are doing on Snapchat, the mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings. If you’ve used Snapchat yourself, you already know that Snapchat…

If you have teenagers in your family, you’ve probably heard about “sexting” and other types of risky behavior that some kids are doing on Snapchat, the mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings. If you’ve used Snapchat yourself, you already know that Snapchat…

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July 10, 2016

College students have to study hard, so they deserve some down-time to chill with movies or music. And since paying college tuition is enough of a burden, most parents aren’t inclined to pay for a separate Netflix, Hulu, or music streaming account for their college-bound offspring. But before you…

College students have to study hard, so they deserve some down-time to chill with movies or music. And since paying college tuition is enough of a burden, most parents aren’t inclined to pay for a separate Netflix, Hulu, or music streaming account for their college-bound offspring. But before you…

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July 07, 2016

Starting college used to be a kid’s first step into the wide world, but today’s college students have been exposed to the world on the internet from an early age. From their first baby steps on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve warned them about the dangers of talking to strangers online. But the…

Starting college used to be a kid’s first step into the wide world, but today’s college students have been exposed to the world on the internet from an early age. From their first baby steps on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve warned them about the dangers of talking to strangers online. But the…

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