Internet Safety Expert Suggests Parents Get Myspace

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Identity theft is a growing concern for people with pages on social networking sites and some experts say identity thieves are using the sites and targeting teens.

There are some steps parents can take to help protect their children.

Computer experts say millions of children communicate with friends and family on Myspace, Facebook, and other networking sites everyday, but experts say kids are doing more than talking; they're putting personal information online, for anyone, or any thief to see.

“Identity thieves know these kids are putting a tremendous amount of information out there about themselves and each other, putting themselves and making themselves easy targets for identity thieves,” Doris Settles said.

University of Kentucky Internet Safety Consultant Doris Settles says Identity theft is the largest growing crime targeting 12-21 year olds.

She says there is no need for your child to cancel their Myspace or Facebook account.

Instead, she says just make sure your kids don't put too much personal info on their site for the public to see.

“We don't let kids be on their own in the physical world so why would we let them be alone in the virtual world?” Settles said.

Bobby Mosley already monitors his 14 year old daughter's page for sexual predators.

He says now he'll also look out for identity theft predators.

Settles says little things like that will keep your child's identity safe.

Settles says the best things to keep off the internet to protect from identity thieves are street addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and birthdates.

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