Biz Kid$

 

Learning(i)

Upbeat site paves the way to financial and business success.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Empowers kids with the knowledge that they control their financial futures and gives them confidence to start their own businesses. Features videos of kid success stories.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No ads but there are links to other sites with advertisements.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The site's privacy policy states that some information may be automatically collected but it takes every reasonable effort to protect the information stored on its database.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is absolutely nothing to worry about with this engaging educational site where kids teach kids about finance and business. The site features a newsletter, a free, downloadable curriculum, a business game, a blog, and links to other reputable sites about money for kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • money
  • arithmetic

Social Studies

  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • defining problems
  • strategy

Creativity

  • innovation
  • brainstorming

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • work to achieve goals
  • goal-setting

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Pop-culture parodies get teens into business and finance. The short video episodes with young actors are engaging.

 

Learning Approach

The real-world knowledge in the lessons is presented in an accessible way that should stick with teens.

 

Support

Except for the blog, which gets updated, the site itself is mostly static reading. Still, you get lesson plans and activities.

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • money
  • arithmetic

Social Studies

  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • defining problems
  • strategy

Creativity

  • innovation
  • brainstorming

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • work to achieve goals
  • goal-setting

Kids can learn about all aspects of starting and running a business. Biz Kid$ activities cover business plans, budgeting, careers, financial tips, fundraising, money facts, and entrepreneurship. The site's tone is kid-friendly but doesn't patronize; would-be execs are encouraged and taken seriously. Biz Kid$ empowers kids by letting them see themselves as business owners but all kids can benefit from learning how to earn, save, and spend money.  Kids teach kids how to control their financial and entrepreneurial futures on this upbeat site. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

What's it about?

Biz Kid$ introduces and reinforces kids' understanding of money management and business through engaging videos, challenging games, and resources like budget worksheets and business plans. There is also an area for teachers who are interested in using Biz Kid$ in the classroom. Parents will want to check out the organized activities section for ideas to expand on what kids are learning.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

BIZ KID$ is a fantastic way for kids to learn the importance of money management, economics, and business smarts. The site is a companion to the PBS series, and all episodes are available for convenient online viewing. Hosted by energetic youths (think Zoom!), the episodes make learning about finance fun. Hip music and fast cuts keep things moving along at a brisk pace, and there are fresh parodies such as a take on the popular television show 24 and Donald "Rump." Best of all are the stories featuring real kids and their financial success stories. This level of interactivity personalizes the abstract concept of money, giving kids confidence and knowledge to make wise financial decisions now and through adulthood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about real money vs. the concept of virtual money. Does spending virtual money make you more savvy about your own real money?

  • Families can also talk about the elements that make this a fun site -- rather than a dry one -- for learning about money management and business acumen.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old October 10, 2009
age 13+
 

ugly

it doesn't tell you anything
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bykrazypanda July 12, 2009
age 2+
 

BORING unless you're starting a business

i went on and it only held my attention for a few minutes plus most of the games don't work. Good stuff if you ar starting a business.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old December 7, 2009
age 10+
 

Good for over 10

I think it's good and fun!!!!! =]
What other families should know
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