Recently, the Tampa Bay Times advertised a cybersecurity conference being held by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida. Why do we need conferences on cybersecurity? Consider the ransomware attack of this summer, as reported on the Tampa Bay Times NIE News Video post this summer. Then think about the recent Equifax hack. What are the possible consequences of identity theft?
While these incidences are adult-related, did you know that kids are prime candidates for identity theft? Check out this video and article from CNN to discover why kids are at risk for identity theft. Then figure out how parents can protect kids against identity theft. Create flyers to hand out to parents to inform them!
Explain that loss of assets, wealth, and future opportunities can occur if an individuals personal information is obtained by others through identity theft and then used fraudulently, and that by managing their personal information and choosing the environment in which it is revealed, individuals can accept, reduce, and insure against the risk of loss due to identity theft. Create flyers to explain the risks of identity theft and inform parents how to protect their kids.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.