What . . . my child might have a credit report ???

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Teen:  "Mom, can I have a credit card?"
Mom"No"
              OR
Teen: "Mom, can I have a credit card?"
Mom: "Yes"
 
What do these two answers have in common?
Either answer has the potential resulting in your child having a credit report in their name.
 
What's a credit report?  
Remember that diary that you may have kept growing up?  That's almost what a credit report is.  It's a "file" that holds all the information on your debt and payment history.  
 
How can they have a credit report on your teen?  
Possibly, here are 2 ways:
  • if you have added them as an "authorized user" on your own credit card, they might have a report in their name.  Some issuing companies report financial information for both the primary holder AND any authorized users.  You'll need to check with them.
  • or their identity may have been stolen resulting...
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How You Can Know They Are (or are not) Ready for a Debit/Credit Card

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How do you know if your child is ready for a debit or credit card (plastic money)?

 

Money.  Parents.  Kids.  Tension.  Maturity.  Focus.  Responsibility.  Nightmare.

You pick which words to assign to a parent and which to assign to a young adult.  You'll probably select "all of the above" for both.  Much has been written about establishing credit, debit cards, credit cards, and more. 

Even reviewing the contract involved in any financial card of any kind is like someone handing you a Webster’s Dictionary and saying “you are responsible for all of it”. 

Today, having a 'plastic' debit/credit card is a status symbol.  Remember seeing photos of James Dean in his cowboy hat leaning on that car....with that cigarette?  Yes, the status symbols may have changed, but the concept fit even us, our parents, and grandparents.  

Statistic:  Reports say over 50% of college freshman have a...

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