This back to school discussion has been sponsored by LifeLock but all opinions expressed here are my own.
Every year before my kids go back to school I have to register them with the county at the school they will be attending. I have no idea WHY I have to reregister them every single year but I do and it is a huge pain in the neck. I go online to the school’s website and have to fill out a ridiculously long online form with all the required data. This year as I was filling out the back to school form I came across a question I don’t think has ever been on there before. The school wanted my children’s social security numbers! Having been the victim of identity theft in the past I am always a little hesitant about handing out social security numbers and I chose to leave that part blank. Not only was I not sure the online form was through a secure server but I also just didn’t want that information available to anyone who happened to work at the school. They do NOT need my children’s social security numbers in order for them to go back to school!
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With identity theft such a huge issue in today’s society it is important to start protecting your child’s identity from an early age. When you are filling out registration forms for the school keep in mind that just because they ask for information does not mean they really NEED it. Speak with your school administrators and explain your concerns. Then, just put a big N/A on the form! The same goes for your child’s back to school physical. Many doctors’ offices request your (or your child’s) social security number. It makes it easier for them to track you down if you fail to pay your bill. But, this is not actually required information so leave it blank. The fewer places your child’s private information shows up the better!
Back To School Identity Theft Protection
If you have teens or college aged kids that are heading back to school make sure they have a safe, secure place for their driver’s license. The back pocket of their jeans is not a smart choice. There are many wallets today that can block the scanners used by many criminals to ‘read’ credit card data without even being able to see the card. A secure wallet and/or purse will go a long way towards protecting your child’s identity when they head back to school. And I highly recommend you hold on to their social security card FOR them. Unless they will need it to open a bank account or get a job, there are very few times when a teen will need their social security card and it is best left in a secure filing cabinet at home!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.