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Aah, summer break. School’s almost out, and camp season is just around the corner. Whether your kids are attending a program for sports, arts, or education, there’s plenty of fun to be had this summer…and plenty of forms to be filled out. 

Summer program forms may require you to provide your child’s personal information — like their Social Security number. While this may seem routine, it’s important to do what you can to protect sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.

If you have to provide your child's personal information, find out:

  • who has access to it
  • how it will be used, stored, and disposed of
  • if there are consequences if you choose not to provide it 
  • if you can give only the last four digits of your child’s Social Security number

Let us know how you’ve dealt with requests for your child’s sensitive information at school, camp or a summer activity program. 

Twitter chatWant to talk about the safety and security of a child’s personal information? Join the FTC, Stop.Think.Connect., and others for a Twitter chat for parents about online safety Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m. ET. Follow @FTC and use the hashtag #ChatSTC to join the conversation.

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