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<p>(BPT) - While some parents may not know a gigabyte from Google, they still need to help their kids stay safe and protect personal information online. A new survey by <a href="http://www.lifelock.com/" rel="nofollow">LifeLock</a> finds that some of today&rsquo;s young people don&rsquo;t understand the dangers of their tech-heavy lifestyles.</p><p>While 89 percent of the 700 teenagers polled said they don&rsquo;t give out too much personal information online (although 46 percent said their friends do), many admitted to engaging in online behaviors that could put their personal information at risk. Three-fourths of kids 13 to 17 included some type of personal information (partial or complete birth date, address, phone number, school, etc.) on their social media profiles.</p><p>&ldquo;Clearly, there&rsquo;s a disconnect between what teens &ndash; and their parents &ndash; think they know about online safety and what they&rsquo;re actually doing,&rdquo; says Hilary Schneider, LifeLock&rsquo;s president. &ldquo;While teens may be experts at using technology and social media to stay connected, we as parents must help them understand the steps necessary to protect their online privacy &ndash; or how their online actions today could affect their lives in the future.&rdquo;</p><p>Despite near-daily stories of social media misbehavior damaging the careers of politicians, athletes and entertainers, nearly half of surveyed teens don&rsquo;t expect their online activities to hurt them later in life.</p><p>Many were unaware of how to tell whether a site is secure before entering personal information.</p><p>&ldquo;Children are favorite targets for identity thieves because they have clean credit histories,&rdquo; says Schneider, who herself is a mother of teenagers. &ldquo;Fraud may go undetected for years until the child applies for credit as a young adult. With the risks so high, teens and parents have to take steps to protect their privacy, security and identities online.&rdquo;</p><p>The identity theft protection professionals at LifeLock (<a href="http://www.lifelock.com/" rel="nofollow">www.lifelock.com</a>) offer some tips:</p><p>* Limit the personal information you share in your social media profile. Listing your full name, full address or even your birth date could potentially open the door to identity thieves.</p><p>* Do not accept &ldquo;friend&rdquo; requests from anyone you have not already met in person, even if he or she claims to be a friend of a friend.</p><p>* Use strong passwords for each social media account and for all your mobile devices. Strong passwords include capital and lowercase letters, numerals and special symbols. Consider using a pass-phrase like &ldquo;LincolnClassOf2013IsTheBestEver!&rdquo; or the first letter of each word: &ldquo;LCo2013itBE!&rdquo;</p><p>* Do your best to verify the security and authenticity of a website before you interact with it, buy something from it or give any information about yourself. Look for the URL to begin with &ldquo;https&rdquo; or for the lock symbol on the page that indicates a secure site at checkout.</p><p>* Remember that anything you post online is forever. It&rsquo;s almost impossible to completely eliminate information from the Internet. Inappropriate material posted online now may affect your future relationships, ability to get into the college of your choice &ndash; even your future job prospects.</p><p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s teens use technology in virtually every aspect of their lives,&rdquo; Schneider said. &ldquo;But they can still use some help from parents to ensure they safely navigate the digital world.&rdquo;</p><p>More information is available at <a href="http://www.lifelock.com/education" rel="nofollow">http://www.lifelock.com/education</a> and from the Federal Trade Commission at <a href="http://www.onguardonline.gov/features/feature-0002-featured-info-parents" rel="nofollow">http://www.onguardonline.gov/features/feature-0002-featured-info-parents</a>.</p>

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