Throughout the year, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts informative Twitter chats on ways the public can protect itself from fraud and scams. Be sure to join us for our August Twitter chat on Thursday, August 6th at 3pm ET/12pm PT with our co-host, IDT911.

Our topic this month is “Students and Parents: Protecting Your Identity,” and will provide insight into the kinds of steps individuals should take to protect their data and identities as summer winds down and school starts up.

Some of the questions we’ll address in this highly informative discussion will be:

  • Are students more at risk for identity theft?
  • What are some tips for students as they return back to school to protect their identities?
  • What are some tips for parents to help their kids avoid identity theft as they go back to school?
  • What are new threats to students’ personal information as classrooms go digital?
  • What are some resources to help teach your student about their personal information and privacy?
  • Everyone asks for your student’s Social Security number, but who really needs it and how can you say no?
  • As more and more colleges are targeted for data breaches, what should students do if they receive a breach notification?
  • If a student becomes a victim of identity theft, what should they do?

In order to take part in this free, live event, participants must simply log into their Twitter accounts at the appointed date and time and follow the #IDTheftChat hashtag. For your convenience, you may also log into the ID Theft Tweetchat room by going to after signing into your Twitter account. Be sure to type “#IDTheftChat” at the end of each of your tweets so that others may see your comments and questions. If you can’t make the live event, you can also search for that hashtag on Twitter at a later date to read all of the information on the topic of back to school data security.

We also want to encourage everyone to follow the Identity Theft Resource Center on Twitter (@IDTheftCenter) and IDT911 (@IDT911) for great information that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones from internet and identity theft crimes throughout the year.