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As more consumers pick up their smartphone and tablet to go holiday shopping, cyber crooks will try just about anything to dupe them out of their hard-earned money.

Forty percent of identity theft victims were targeted while making online purchases in 2011, according to an identity fraud report by Javelin Strategy & Research. Meanwhile identity fraud increased by 13 percent, with more than 11.6 Americans falling prey to the scams.


These famous names struggled with, and overcame, bullying at its worst

If you’re being cyberbullied, you’re in good company. Victims of online haters include pop stars, actors and other celebrities now at the top of their game.

Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato were bullied when they were younger. Now LeAnn Rimes is the latest celebrity to draw attention to the issue. But these high achievers have turned the tables—in different ways. Let’s see what lessons we can learn from their experiences.


Cyberbullying can start as early as second grade, often peaks in fourth grade, and returns in the seventh and eighth grades, according , an Internet safety and privacy lawyer.

More than 85 percent of 45,000 students at North American schools admitted to being targeted in the past year, according to a survey conducted by Aftab.


Learn how to recognize cyberbullying warning signs and how to shut it down, all while strengthening your relationship with your child. Here are the most-asked questions we get from parents new to the world of cyberbullying:

1. So what exactly is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying happens when someone (of any age) uses technology to harass, embarrass, intimidate or stalk someone else. Cyberbully tools include emails, instant messages, text messages, social media, photos, videos or even chat on online gaming sites. Cyberbullying leaves its victims feeling scared, isolated, intimidated and humiliated. It’s not a joke, a phase, or a “kids will be kids” part of growing up.


SocialScout, IDentity Theft 911′s social media monitoring tool for parents, has earned the coveted Parent Tested Parent Approved™ award.

SocialScout competed against many entries for the seal of approval, which is awarded by PTPA Media’s volunteer parent testing community to products of high quality, effectiveness and value. SocialScout is currently sold exclusively with the Parent Teacher Association.


By now you’ve probably seen the video of bus monitor Karen Klein being taunted, harassed and bullied by a pack of middle school boys. The has earned more than 8.2 million views on YouTube. Klein has appeared on the morning talk show circuit. And an Internet Good Samaritan has raised more than $680,000 toward a “vacation fund” for the 68-year-old.

The case put a face on from the U.S. Department of Education. Roughly 30 percent of middle and high school students are bullied, and 10 percent of the incidents happen on a bus. More than 50 percent of the nation’s bus drivers claim bullying is a problem. Yet the department estimates two-thirds of bullying cases go unreported.


With the click of a button, smartphones will install helpful and entertaining apps with minimal download time.  Most users glance over the terms and conditions, but many apps have access to your private information, including text messages, pictures and personal accounts.

In this infographic, learn easy ways to protect yourself while on-the-go.

Predators sexually assaulting children with help from a . Kids other kids online. Pimps luring into prostitution on Facebook.

There’s no shortage of cautionary tales about social media risks for children. They’re all over the news. In a recent Harris Interactive poll, more than two-thirds of parents said they had children between the ages of nine and 13 who were active on a social networking site*.


Exclusive Webinar at National PTA Convention by Cyber Experts Will Unveil Survey Results of Parent’s Top Social Networking Fears

Exclusive: IDentity Theft 911 with National Parent Teacher Association to Unveil Social Networking Survey Results During Free Live Webinar

There are only 36 openings left – sign up today!

In conjunction with the National PTA Convention, IDentity Theft 911 (IDT911) will host a webinar Thursday, June 21 at 12:00 p.m. ET.  Matt Cullina, CEO of IDentity Theft 911, will unveil findings from a Harris Interactive survey of parents about their child’s social networking habits and what issues cause them the most fear.  To address these concerns, Tim Woda, co-founder of, and national cyber safety expert, will present about the specific risks plaguing parents and ways to mitigate their concerns. Moderated by James Martinez, senior manager of media and public relations for the PTA, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the subsequent Q&A session.


The explosion of internet based social media such as Facebook, My Space, Twitter, and other outlets has created a potential liability risk that few consumers are aware of. These venues provide a place to express one’s views and opinions on every topic imaginable. In many cases, the authors can praise or criticize a person, place or thing in a rant or rave. Social Media sites can also provide a place to vent one’s dislikes or frustrations in the form of emotional rants. Because of the perception of anonymity, too often the rants are laced with profanity and contain many untruths about the target of the rant. The computer terminal provides a false barrier that emboldens many people to type and post words that they would never say in a face-to-face encounter. Once posted on the internet, the rant becomes public.

If the rant crosses the line from casual observation to defamation of character, then the target of the rant may wish to pursue litigation for libel. (Slander of character is spoken. Libel is written and much easier to prove because there is no denying what words were used.) The author of the libelous rant will then contact his or her personal liability insurance carrier for protection. If they only rely on the basic liability found in the standard homeowner policy, they will quickly find out that they are on their own.