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For Immediate Release:
July 30, 2012
Media Contact:
Alejandra Castro Nuñez

Safeguard your child's information

(MIAMI, July 31, 2012) - As a parent, you’re probably familiarized with all the forms that you have to fill and sign when enrolling your child in school. But are you aware that as many as 140,000 children have their identities stolen each year?  According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, in the wrong hands, your child’s personal information can be used to commit fraud and your child could become a victim of identity theft.  Furthermore, you may not learn about the crime for years, until your child is an adult, old enough to apply for jobs or loans.

There are laws in place to help safeguard your child’s personal information.  The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), enforced by the U.S. Department of Education protect the privacy of student records. In addition, it also gives you the right to opt out of sharing contact information with third parties, including other families.

While there is no guarantee that Identity Theft can be completely avoided, as a parent, you can take certain measures to protect your child’s information. Pay attention to materials sent home asking for personal information and before you reveal information about your child, find out how it will be used, whether it will be shared and with whom.