National Protect Your Identity Week 2011: Teaching Teens to Protect their Information

The protection of your family is amongst the things most important to you. But unfortunately, the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft is always present. Did you know there are many things people can do to minimize that risk both online and offline? That’s why I’m contacting you on behalf of the nonprofit, National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) who has teamed up with the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Triads to encourage your readers to fight identity theft by taking part in the 4th Annual Protect Your Identity Week, October 16-22.

Although it’s important for everyone to protect themselves from identity theft, a special emphasis is being placed on child identity theft protection this October. It’s scary that studies have shown children are 51 times more likely to have their Social Security numbers stolen than adults, with the theft going unnoticed for years. As a parent, we must arm ourselves with the resources and information needed to keep our family’s identities safe.

Here are a few of the many ways to get involved with PYIW this year:

  • NFCC Member Agencies and supporting Coalition Members will offer free identity theft education and protection events in communities across the country this month, including workshops, cell phone recycling, and paper shredding powered by Cintas, a leader in document destruction. AllClear ID, a recognized expert in identity theft protection, will provide materials on ID theft education in general as well as tips specific to child identity theft. To find an event near you, check out this event map!
  • Easy to follow tips, resources and a self-assessment ID Quiz to determine your own personal risk of identity theft are all available for your reference on the Protect Your ID Now website.
  • Be sure to also read and share the First Steps For Victims section so that you will be prepared in case you’re the next victim.
  • Finally, get involved with PYIW on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the blog at where tips and PYIW articles will be provided all throughout October.

Please join the fight by encouraging your friends, family, and readers to visit to learn more and get involved. I would be more than happy to provide you with any further information you may need and look forward to hearing from you.

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