Back to School Protecting Your Child’s Personal Information

In July 28, 2016

Back to school as a parent means that you will be filling out plenty of forms for your child. You will need to inform the school of any address changes, fill out forms for youth sports and field trips, and more. These forms will most likely all contain your child’s personal information, and that means you should be sure that you, your child, and the school is being proactive in protecting your child’s personal information. While all too often people don’t think about schools being a place where a child’s personal information can be stolen, you as a parent have a right to ensure your child is being kept safe. Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure you and your child’s school are protecting your child’s personal information.

  • First, you should always have a talk with your child to tell them about the importance of keeping their personal information off of the internet, especially on social media networks.
  • Be cautious about giving out your child’s social security number, even to your school. In most cases, a social security number will not be needed for school forms, and if it is being requested you have the right to ask why it is necessary and how it will be protected.
  • Carefully review your child’s school policy on sharing information to third parties. This includes how the school student and staff directory may be shared, how survey information may be shared, and how test data may be shared.
  • Review all documents your child brings home that requires any personal information about your child. You can ask why it is needed, how it will be used and how it will be protected in the future.
  • If you have old documents that are from the school your child used to or still currently attends, you can shred all of the documents you no longer need for proper protection of your child’s identity.
  • If the school uses an online portal for both you and your child to access grades or assignments, be sure that you use a strong password that cannot easily be guessed by others. This alone is a huge component in protecting your child’s personal information through the educational system.

Following these steps will help you keep your child’s personal information safe and give you peace of mind. If your child is in need of any vital records that may be required for their back to school registration or completing their forms, you can always order them online from VitalChek.

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