In addition to concerns about social media, school districts across the country need to address a growing interest in the personal data of the students they educate. No, this interest does not stem from a desire to see if kids are reading at the desired level, or if the children have the resources they need to receive an adequate education. Data thieves want this information to commit identity theft.
As reported by the Huffington Post:
Identity theft in schools is more than theoretical. Last July, Sheyla Diaz, 44, a former Broward County, Florida high school teacher, was sentenced to six months of house arrest for stealing the identities of former students. In 2009, Jonathan E. Kelly, who worked as a police officer for the Palm Beach County School District, was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing the identities of former students and teachers.
The thieves know that children have pristine credit and that school districts, hampered by substantial budget cuts, may not be doing all they could to safeguard this information. Parents and school districts need to take steps to address this growing risk.