Be Cautious: Sharing of your Child’s Information Online could be a Bait for Future Identity Theft.

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In this digital age, posting life updates became a norm for everyone. Most people are now transparent in what’s happening in their lives– especially those parents that have newborn children. Up until their children entered school and started to gain accomplishments and milestones, those recognitions are worth flexing on the internet because it reflects the excellent parenting and raising of parents to their children. This act of posting online gives a sense of pride and honor to the parents when seen by other people.

It’s a way for them to showcase their child’s talents and achievements to friends, family, and the wider online community. Posting about their child’s success can give parents a sense of validation and bring a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. Additionally, sharing online can allow for positive feedback and support from friends and family–  further increasing the sense of pride and fulfillment. However, it is essential to balance the desire to share with the need to protect their child’s privacy and personal information, as well as consider the potential consequences of oversharing.

On the other hand, after another ten years of parents sharing happily and innocently online, Barclays Bank warned that 7.4 million identity theft instances might happen annually by 2030. The Identity Theft Resource Center cautions that a scammer can open a bank account or obtain a loan in a child’s name by combining information from social media. This can be done using the name, date of birth, and address, with the vast amounts of hacked personal data readily available to buy cheaply on the dark web, such as Social Security numbers.

In conclusion, sharing your child’s personal information online can be dangerous and can lead to identity theft in the future. It is important to be cautious and to protect your child’s sensitive information by not posting it on the internet. Identity theft can have severe consequences and can take years to resolve. In order to prevent future problems, it is best to keep your child’s information private and only share it with trusted sources. Being vigilant can ensure your child’s online presence is protected and minimize identity theft risk.

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