WASHINGTON (4/26/10)--The Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC), is marking April as financial literacy month by reminding parents that safe data practices should begin early in their children’s lives. Children and young adults who use social networking sites like Facebook can reduce their chances of becoming victims of identity crime by avoiding posting or request for personal information that can be used to establish fake accounts or hijack existing accounts. ITAC recommends parents give children a do-not-share list that includes:
* Address; * Social Security number; * Birth date; * Mother’s maiden name; * Pet names; and * Phone number.
“Criminals are trolling these sites looking for information they can monetize,” said ITAC President Anne Wallace. “Let’s make it more difficult by giving our kids the information they need to protect themselves and make it a part of a lifetime of safe data practices.” ITAC is part of Intersections, a CUNA Strategic Service provider.