Study Shows That 3 Out Of Every 4 Teens Are Oversharing Personal Information on Social Media Sites

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We all know the danger of an identity thief getting ahold of your personal information. Teens however do not seem to be as aware of what can happen.  There are many things that should not be put online because criminals can use it to get your identity, and it seems that many teens are putting that information on their social media sites.

The survey was released by LifeLock, Inc., who is an industry leader in identity theft protection.  When working on the survey the used more than 700 teens that ranged in age from 13 to 17.  All of the teens were asked questions about their habits as far as online and social networking go.  They were also asked about their awareness of and possible engagement in potentially risky behavior.

The findings show that 29 percent of those teens said that they display their entire birthdate on the internet, while 33 percent said they only display part of their birthdate. 6 percent of teens admitted to putting their whole address on their social media sites, while 23 percent said they only put their partial address down.  An entire 63 percent of the teens asked said that they put the name of the high school that they went to.   All of this information combined with your name, as most people put down their first and last name, is enough information for an identity thief to get started on stealing your identity.

One of the biggest problems with teens sharing too much information on their social media sites is that they often do not have their privacy setting set up to where that information is safe.  Identity theft against children has been going up, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it may be some time before the teen or their parents notice that they have had their identity stolen, thus the criminal can get away with using that identity longer.  Child identity theft is on the rise and teens putting too much information on social media websites just makes it that much easier for identity thieves to get ahold of.

Parents should talk to their teens about not putting personal information on their social media sites.  Then parents should check the sites to make sure that their children actually listened to them.   Identity theft is a serious thing and they need to protect their information. Teens and their parents need to be more proactive in protecting this information and the identity of themselves and their teens.

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