Child Identity Theft

by Roseann Freitas | Jul 25, 2019 1:59:37 PM

A major resource to help Hawaii students plan for college
and a future career could, instead, be responsible for exposing students’
personal information. As many as 70,000 students could be impacted.

Graduation Alliance, which manages University of Hawaii
vendor ‘My Future Hawaii’, detected suspicious activity on its computer server.
The ‘My Future Hawaii’ website has been shut down and a cybersecurity firm is
investigating the potential data exposure.

My Future Hawaii assists students in exploring career and
college options and allows students to apply directly to the University of
Hawaii.  The Hawaii Department of
Education student information that was potentially exposed includes names,
birthdates, gender, race, ethnicity, permanent and mailing addresses, grade
level, courses and grades, GPA and Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) scores and
proficiency levels.

The student information does not include social security
numbers, driver’s license, financial, or health information, as this
information is not included in the site’s application.

While the investigation focuses on the if and who, the
Better Business Bureau recommends steps students and parents can take to
safeguard a child’s credit information.

Freeze your child’s credit, until they are old enough to use
it. Last year’s Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
allows parents to put a free freeze on children who are under 16 years old. To
place a freeze, contact all three credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, and
TransUnion.

Keep the child’s paper and electronic records in a safe
location. When disposing of any documentation, make sure you shred the
information.

Do not share your child’s social security number unless you
know and trust the other party.  Request
providers such as doctors, dentists, use a different identifier.

Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
protects student privacy and allows parents to opt-out of sharing contact
information with third parties and other families.

Tell your child to be careful about what information they
share on social media.  Social media
platforms are a target for scammers as so much pertinent information is shared.

Request a free report from http://annualcreditreport.com for
children 13 and over.  If your child is
younger than 13, they should not have a file with any of the credit report
agencies.  If they do and you did not
authorize it, that is a sign of suspicious activity.

In 2017, the FTC reported 14,000 cases of identity theft
involving people under the age of 19. 
Children’s identities appeal to scammers as they could be used for years
before being detected.  Most people don’t
check their children’s credit reports, and many times, identity theft is
discovered when the child starts applying for credit.

Applying for college takes less time with the internet,
which can be both a blessing and a curse. 
In addition to watching our credit information, parents need to keep a
watchful eye on their child’s information as well.

List of Department of Education Schools involved in My
Future Hawaii.

  • Admiral Arthur W. Radford High
  • Aiea High
  • Kula Kaiapuni O Anuenue
  • James B. Castle High
  • Connections NCPCS
  • Wallace Rider Farrington High
  • Hana High and Elementary
  • Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science PCS
  • Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Hawaii Technology Academy PCS
  • Henry J. Kaiser High
  • Henry Perrine Baldwin High
  • Hilo High
  • Honokaa High and Intermediate
  • James Campbell High
  • Kahuku High and Intermediate
  • Kailua High
  • Kaimuki High
  • Kalaheo High
  • Kalani High
  • Kamaile Academy PCS
  • Kanuikapono Learning Center PCS
  • Kapaa High
  • Kapolei High
  • Kau High & Pahala Elementary
  • Kauai High
  • Kawaikini NCPCS
  • Ke Kula Ni’ihau o Kekaha Learning Center A Laboratory PCS
  • Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino
  • Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau, LPCS
  • Keaau High
  • Kealakehe High
  • King Kekaulike High
  • Kohala High
  • Konawaena High
  • Kua o ka La PCS
  • Lahainaluna High
  • Lanai High & Elementary
  • Laupahoehoe Community – PCS
  • Leilehua High
  • Maui High
  • Mililani High
  • Moanalua High
  • Molokai High
  • Nanakuli High & Intermediate
  • Niihau
  • Olomana
  • Pahoa High & Intermediate
  • Pearl City High
  • Theodore Roosevelt High
  • William McKinley High
  • Waiakea High
  • Waialua High & Intermediate
  • Waianae High
  • Waimea High
  • Waipahu High
  • West Hawaii Explorations Academy PCS
  • Hilo Intermediate
  • Waimea Canyon Middle
  • Lahaina Intermediate
  • Molokai Middle
  • George Washington Middle
  • Ilima Intermediate
  • Ewa Makai Middle School
  • Waipahu Elementary (Limited to 6th grade class)
  • Waipahu Intermediate
  • Waianae Intermediate

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