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Id Theft Facts and Stats

173% percent of teens say they think it is reasonable to think teens could be victims of identity theft (Family Online Safety Institute)

1Only 14% percent of teens report that their cellphone number is available online, and even fewer say their home address (6%) and Social Security number (2%) are available (Family Online Safety Institute)

134% of teens say they have shared their username and password with someone other than their parent or guardian (Family Online Safety Institute)

176% of teens are very or somewhat concerned about the privacy of their personal information being harmed by their online activity (Family Online Safety Institute)

143% of teens say that they are using privacy settings for only some (33%) or none (10%) of their online accounts (Family Online Safety Institute)

1Girls are more concerned about the privacy of their personal information than boys: 81% of girls are either very or somewhat concerned, while 72% of boys express these same levels of concern (Family Online Safety Institute)

1Online teens express the most concern over someone stealing their identity using the information they have posted online: 51% respond that they are very concern about this happening. This level of concern is up from 2012 (Family Online Safety Institute)

12.5% of U.S. households with children under age 18 experienced identity fraud at some point during their child’s lifetime. This equates to one in 40 household with minor children being affected by this crime (Identity Theft Assistance Center)

1Lower income families disproportionately affected by child ID fraud. 50% of households of child identity theft victims had income under $35,00, only 10% of households of child identity victims had income of more than $100,000 (Identity Theft Assistance Center)

1   Kids under the age of 18 are 51 times more likely to become victims of the identity theft than their parents (Carnegie Mellon CyLab)





-Identity Theft Assistance Center. (2012). Child Identity Fraud Report.

-Carnegie Mellon CyLab. (2011). Child Identity Theft: New Evidence Indicates Identity Thieves are Targeting Children for Unused Social Security Numbers

-Family Online Safety Institute. (2013). Research by Hart Research Associates. Teen Identity Theft: Fraud, Security, and Steps Teens are Taking to Protect Themselves Online.