If you think that your kids are safe online just because they do not have an account on Facebook or any other social network, does not mean they are not at risk. Children are up to 35 times more likely to have problems with the identity safety online according to the recent research.
Since the percentage of online teens today is higher than 90%, it is safe to assume that one in 40 households with kids, will get compromised. Stealing personal information and identities online is quite popular in the last 5 years.
With this in mind, it would be the best to educate yourself about how to keep the identity of your kids safe online at all times. Here are some basic steps that will help you to catch on on the subject.
The first step would be to keep SSN of your kids to yourself. So, a social security number is something that you simply do not share with anyone, no matter who they are. Instead, if asked, just turn it down politely with the excuse that you cannot give the number because of the safety issue. In case that you still have to give it, do it over the phone instead of online.
Since everything today is just a click away, it would be really good to teach your kids to type their links instead of just clicking. Children who like to spend their time online, doing their web surfing, need to know how just one letter or a number can change the address they are referring to.
There are individuals on the net who are actually gathering all the misspellings and use them to create clone sites which they can use to steal information and identities.
Limit the posting of the photos of your children online. The less personal preference you post, the better. If you want to avoid becoming a potential target for online robbery, you will think again before you go public with literally everything about your children. And always keep in mind to turn off geo-tagging of any sort.