Smart parents monitor smartphone, tablet gifts

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Planning to get your kids a smartphone or tablet this holiday season? With schools using technology in classes and kids being exposed to these devices at an early age, the question is often a matter of when, not if. Parents may have questions and concerns about how to keep kids safe online. Here are some tips and resources that can help.


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Maintain privacy through records disposal

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Identity theft is a major problem that is growing each year. Criminals want to use your name, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal or account information to steal your identity. You can minimize the chances of being an identity theft victim by using safe and secure methods to dispose of important, confidential or sensitive paper or electronic media storage devices, such as computers, CDs and flash drives.


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Make sure loaned school items are covered

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As the school year begins, take note of the items your child brings home. For example, many school districts are assigning laptop computers to students for their personal use. Or, your band or orchestra student may be assigned a school-owned instrument, especially if it’s a larger or more costly instrument.


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