credit-theft
Here are 10 tips on how to keep your child’s identity secure.

1. Teach Them About Social Security Numbers
First of all, your kids should know what a social security number is and the importance of keeping it private. Never let your children carry around their social security cards!

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April is Child Safety Month. The Brickhouse Security experts are here to offer you safety advice.

1. Home Security

Your home is your sanctuary, it may seem safe but, its easy to overlook the hidden dangers within your own household. You spend the majority of time in your home, so you should be extra vigilant when it comes to your home’s security. Even the most secure locations imaginable have their weak points. Make sure all of your external windows and doors have working locking mechanisms, and be sure to make good use of the home security technology available at Brickhouse Security.

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Schools have really amped up their security measures in the past ten years since the Columbine tragedy.

The surprise of the shooting left schools with the motto to never be caught off guard again. It spring boarded the child safety movement with the advance of the school safety research industry, pushing schools to lock doors , install security cameras and mass-notification call systems, and require all staff and visitors to wear ID badges.

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The explosion of the “sexting” trend has led to some pretty dire consequences. Just recently in Florida, Philip Alpert was arrested after the 18-year-old sent lewd pictures of his 16-year-old girlfriend to friends. He was charged and convicted with child pornography and is now listed as a sex offender.

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One more counterfeiter in a ring in Bermeton, Washington was caught on video surveillance by a cell phone by one of her co-conspirators. The woman is shown pulling a fake $20 from a printer. Police have accused these suspects with targeting Girl Scout troops and allegedly conning them out of more than $1,000.

The scheme revolved around buying girl scout cookies to launder the money. To ad insult to injury, the “real-looking” money was reportedly made with a printer bought from a local ToysRUs. One of the girl scout leaders realized the money was fake when she tried to get change at a bank. Now troop leaders are told to not accept 20s unless they have a counterfeiting pen that turns yellow to detect real money. The girl scout leaders have said they will use this experience as a teaching tool about safety and security. They stated they are going to teach the girls about fraud and security and even go as far as to give out fraud badges. This may sound like a far cry from friendship badge, but does show the importance of being vigilant especially when it comes to children, who are most vulnerable.

There are many ways to protect your child and teach them about dangerous situations and suspicious people. Many girl scouts take the door to door approach to selling their cookies. Many parents choose to keep track of their children’s location with a GPS Tracker or similar device.

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