What parents need to know
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
- the economy
Thinking & Reasoning
- defining problems
- work to achieve goals
- set objectives
Engagement, Approach, Support
Pop-culture parodies get teens into business and finance. The short video episodes with young actors are engaging.
The real-world knowledge in the lessons is presented in an accessible way that should stick with teens.
Except for the blog, which gets updated, the site itself is mostly static reading. Still, you get lesson plans and activities.
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?
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.