Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Protect Your Child's Personal Information

School’s almost out, and camp season is just around the corner. Whether your kids are attending a program for sports, arts, or education, there’s plenty of fun to be had this summer…and plenty of forms to be filled out.  
Summer program forms may require you to provide your child’s personal information — like their Social Security number. While this may seem routine, it’s important to do what you can to protect sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.
If you have to provide your child's personal information, find out:
  • who has access to it
  • how it will be used, stored, and disposed of
  • if there are consequences if you choose not to provide it
  • if you can give only the last four digits of your child’s Social Security number

Your child’s personal information is protected by law. Asking schools and other organizations to safeguard your child’s information can help minimize your child’s risk of identity theft.   Read more about protecting your child's personal information at Child Identity Theft as well as our page on Massachusetts Law About Identity Theft.