MinyanLand

Common Sense Media says

Learn all about money, but watch out for ads.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages kids to learn about investing and to save, donate, and spend money wisely. The chat feature includes a controlled list of preselected phrases.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Ads abound for credit cards, investment banks, Blockbuster Video, AOL, and the Fox Business Channel. Some ads are embedded into the content, so it may be difficult for kids to discern what's an ad and what isn't.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site teaches kids about money and investing through games, quizzes, articles, videos, and a virtual world where their avatars earn, spend, and invest. But the suggested age range of third to fifth grade may be a stretch. Most kids on the younger side of that spectrum may become overwhelmed by the many financial terms and numbers, large amounts of reading, and the barrage of (fantastic) information this site tries to pack in. Also, be aware of the large number of ads that may blend into the content -- many kids will need help distinguishing between the two.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Created in partnership with the National Council on Economic Education, MINYANLAND.COM is brimming with good information and fun ways to explore financial education, hosted by Hoofy the bull and Boo the bear. The economic system of Minyanland mimics the pricing of real-life goods and services, so kids get an idea of what it's like to start out with a certain amount of money and spend, earn, donate, and save wisely to live a healthy life. For example, kids can go to the movies and buy a hot dog, go to the mall, and buy a house. They can earn money through quizzes, lemonade stands, and more.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This site is mostly right on the money, other than the overabundance of ads and the heavy focus on reading at a level that most third- to fifth-grade kids will find difficult. One article includes this sentence: "Capital market destruction is an inevitable comeuppance, the cumulative result of risk gone awry." Not exactly third-grade fare. But for older kids and parents, this site offers many fun ways to learn about and discuss money matters.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to learn about and be cautious with finances. How are the money choices you make in this virtual world different from what you might do in the real world? How much depends upon other non-economic factors -- environment, family, or other priorities that your family deems important when spending or investing money?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written bylilrn9 February 25, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

i love i would recomend it to people

i love this web site it is a great place for kids you cant talk to other people and it teaches kids about money and homes i love the game
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old October 21, 2011
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Minyanland Free

If you child wants to be a banker this will be a great game
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old May 20, 2011
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

YA IT ROCKS FOR LIFE MAN!

Iove it!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages

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