ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – As summer winds down, parents are beginning to get their kids ready to go back to school.
This fall, New York is offering scam prevention and shopping tips ahead of the new school year.
“Back-to-school shopping is the second largest spending event for parents, after the holidays, which makes it critically important for parents to know how to safeguard against scams to protect their privacy and finances,” said Secretary of State Robert J Rodriguez. “And as more and more schools use technology as a teaching tool, parents should know what information is being obtained from their student and how to protect their children’s identity and privacy. Children should not have to give up their privacy rights just to do their homework. I urge parents to use these tips so students from elementary school to high school stay safe this school year.”
Here are some helpful tips for parents…
Don’t share personal information on social media such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers. Also, have a discussion with your child about internet safety including suspicious emails.
As far as back to school shopping is concerned, know who you’re buying from, use a credit card for purchase, and beware of fake ads and websites.
For more consumer protection tips, follow the Division on social media at Twitter: @NYSConsumer and Facebook: www.facebook.com/nysconsumer.