Worried about Santa stealing your identity this year? A recent article by the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio warns against websites directed at kids that urge them to send their lists and notes to Santa over the Internet. While no identity theft cases have been reported yet, some of these sites might prompt personal information from kids that they should never share anywhere online. If asked for parents’ contact or credit card information as well, a kid might not understand the implications of sharing these everyday identifiers.
Some Santa sites, such as EmailSanta.com, are a great way for kids to incorporate a holiday tradition with ever-changing technology. But kids are also an easy target online and can give out certain information without hesitation. We know that kids are prone to oversharing, but they should know to never give out more than a first name and, if necessary, an email address. By keeping last names, addresses, school names, and credit card information private, these websites can be great for anyone in the holiday spirit.
Have your kids used these kinds of sites this holiday season?