Law Office of Elliott Kanter APC - February/March 2020

IDENTITY THEFT AT AGE 7

The internet is becoming an inseparable part of our society — in fact, without access to Facebook or Google, we would be largely cut out of the lives of our family, friends, and coworkers. Our children are growing up in an age where learning to type is a natural part of socializing. Unfortunately, more than one million children in 2017 were victims of identity theft or fraud, two-thirds of which were age 7 or younger, according to a news report from Javelin Strategy & Research. To ensure their safety, parents must be aware of practices to keep your family safe from those willing to commit crimes over the internet. TEACH EVERYONE HOW TO WRITE A GOOD PASSWORD Identity theft can happen at any age, so it’s important to keep your child’s information safe once they create a social media page. Passwords shouldn’t be too simple, but they also shouldn’t be a random string of letters and numbers. It’s difficult to remember and doesn’t protect you; guessing randomized numbers and letters are what computers specialize in. Luckily, as humans, we have an easy time inventing and remembering narratives. Your best protection is often a password “phrase” — something specific with all the typical password requirements that sites invoke (including numbers, symbols, etc.) but is also a series of words that could take a computer years to assemble. Your child’s “phrase” may be the most memorable if they think of it like a story. It can be completely silly, like “theeagleatethemoon,” or it could be something like your child’s favorite detail in a book, like “Cat in the Hat”: “shakehandswiththing1andthing2!” RESTRICT PERSONAL INFORMATION ONLINE Make sure they don’t include their name — first or last — in any of their online usernames besides Facebook. Their email, unless it’s for school or work, shouldn’t include their name either; frequently, kids will use their email to sign up for online communities like Discord or Reddit, but while these sites are trusted and mostly secure, there’s always a chance their information can be leaked and traced to them. This may seem paranoid to some parents, but the internet is here to stay — something a child wrote could be dug up in their adolescence or adulthood. And years down the line, our accessible personal information stacks up, making identity theft or stalking easier to commit. It’s best to practice being protective about names, locations, and birthdays than not. Predators look for victims with vulnerable passwords and easy access to their information online. Implementing these tips into your daily routine on the internet can help protect your family from the dangers of our technological era.

VEGAN BANANA PANCAKES

Inspired by My Darling Vegan

Breakfast in bed just got a whole lot yummier with this vegan banana pancake recipe.

INGREDIENTS

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1 1/2 cups flour

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2 tbsp maple syrup

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 extra ripe bananas, mashed

Cooking spray

1 cup soy milk

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk bananas, soy milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla together. 3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir. Don’t overmix. Lumps are okay. 4. Spray a heated pancake griddle with cooking spray, and scoop 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the griddle. Repeat until the griddle is filled. 5. After 3 minutes or when bubbles appear, flip each pancake. 6. After each pancake has risen to double its initial height, remove from griddle. Repeat as necessary until batter is gone. 7. Serve with your favorite toppings!

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