The Best Sites for Kids and Teens to Learn about Money and How to Manage It
I had the priviledge of working with a financial education program for kids a couple of years ago, and that made me appreciate how important it is for young people to learn about money. The challenge of course is to develop programs and activities which present the subject as fun, relevant and even "cool". In recent years, we've seen the development of some very creative online sites aimed precisely at doing this (many of them sponsored by major financial institutions as part of their community service programs). This article points to some of the better sites for kids and teens that I have come across.
Learning about Money
Sites for younger kids
h.i.p Pocket Change (US Mint) A fun site created by the US Mint to help kids learn all about coins.
CIBC SmartStart Program This Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce site aimed at introducing kids to the CIBC SmartStart Program has a rather more commercial/marketing focus than I'd like. But it does provide a good introduction to banks and their products.
Learning through play!
Sites for kids and teens
Sense and Dollars Fun, colourful site that's geared towards tweens and teens, created by Maryland Public Television.
Financial Education Curriculum A series of interactive lessons for kids and teens, organised by grade level.
The Mint Well-designed site covering topics such as earning, saving, spending, investing, giving, owing, safeguarding, and tracking.
Learning through comics!
- Federal Reserve System Publications Catalog
A series of comic books, available free. Can be ordered online.