scales Consumer Ed & Money Management See also
Useful Websites: CONSUMER INFORMATION
Webfinder: PERSONAL FINANCE

Admongo - 'Welcome to Admongo where advertising is all around you. Online. Outside. On television. Who makes ads? How do they work? What do they want you to do?' Explore, discover, and learn about advertising on this website. The HTML version is accessible to those who use assistive technologies, and also provides direct access to the information presented in the Admongo game; for kids aged 8-12. There is also an interactive version of Admongo INTERACTIVE, but it requires you to make up a username & password before you can start the game, and it may not work in all browsers (U.S. Federal Trade Commission.) You Are Here INTERACTIVE is a 'virtual mall' where you can play games, design ads, chat with customers and store owners, and more. You'll learn about advertising & marketing techniques; business competition; protecting your privacy & identity; bogus modeling offers, 'free' vacations, 'miracle' products & other rip-offs; and more. (U.S. Federal Trade Commission). Ad Decoder INTERACTIVE exposes the truth about the messages behind ads you see every day (2013, CDC.gov). See also Price of Happiness and related links, below.

Claim Your Youth - Advice on credit, saving, budgeting, and more (2014; from an association of credit unions; formerly CU Succeed® Teens' Financial Network). The Mint offers 'all kinds of tips about what to do with your money'; for middle school and up, with separate sections for kids, teens, parents, and teachers (2014, Northwestern Mutual Foundation).

Early Bird Savings Club INTERACTIVE - Basic lessons on spending and saving money; for elementary school students. Also explains what a credit union is, and the difference between banks and credit unions. (2011, CU Solutions Group, a credit union technology & marketing service organization)

Fed 101 INTERACTIVE - A brief look at the Federal Reserve System, its history, purpose and functions, with links to related topics. For high school students.

Federal Reserve Education [NOTE: Click on RESOURCES BY AUDIENCE to browse resources.] VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Lesson plans, games & simulations, and publications on topics including the financial crisis, credit, money, banking, economics, and more; for elementary school, middle school & high school (Federal Reserve System). See also Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis VIDEO INTERACTIVE and Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City VIDEO INTERACTIVE, which include separate sections for different age groups. Economics U$A VIDEO is a video instructional series on economics. 'Major economic events, including the 2008 banking crisis and technology's influence on the economy, connect economic theory to the headlines.' High school and up (2012, Annenberg Foundation).

Great Minds Think: A Kid's Guide to Money - This colorful booklet helps middle-school-aged children learn about concepts such as earning, spending, budgeting, and saving. Click here for additional online activities INTERACTIVE. (2007 - 2016, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)

History of the U.S. Income Tax - A brief overview of the origins of income taxes and the Internal Revenue Service, plus links to documents, articles, cartoons and quotes. High school and up (2012, Library of Congress). Understanding Taxes explains the whys and hows of taxes (Internal Revenue Service).

Invest Quest INTERACTIVE - Get a glimpse of your future as your investing intelligence is put to the test in this interactive game (2014, U.S. Federal Trade Commission). You'll find related games, tools, publications and other resources at Saving & Investing for Students. Use the left-hand menu to navigate (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission).

Monetary Mania INTERACTIVE - An online game show that tests your knowledge about money and macroeconomics; for high school students. (International Monetary Fund)

Practical Money Skills: Financial Training Games INTERACTIVE - Have fun while learning with multimedia presentations such as Financial Football, Financial Soccer, Money Metropolis, Road Trip to Savings and others. (2010 - 2015, Visa®; site includes advertisements)

Price of Happiness - A lesson plan to help explore the connection between self-image, self-esteem, and advertising; for teachers and students, grades 8 to 12 (2012, Media Smarts; Canadian organization). You'll find lots of additional materials on issues related to marketing that targets children and youth on the Media Smarts Marketing & Consumerism page . See also Media Messages About Body Shape and Size (National Eating Disorders Association). For more about body image, eating disorders, and related topics, see South Plainfield Public Library's Health & Fitness homework links.

What is a Dollar Worth? - Use this inflation calculator to compare how prices for goods & services have changed over the years; covers 1913 - present. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

World of Money - Explains what money is, the uses of money, how money is made, fakes & forgeries, and more (British Museum). See also Money: For Kids (2012, Library of Congress), and Fun Facts About Coins and Money UPDATED LINK!; the same site also offers games, toons, information on coin collecting, and more (U.S. Mint).

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