A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's no advertising on the site except for the ING Direct logo. This topic can be very stodgy, but the message is important. For the most part, the site succeeds in presenting the material in an engaging way.
What's it about?
Planet Orange is out of this world -- in outer space, that is! Amy and Cedric are your guides to everything you need to know about money: what it is, how to earn it, how to save it, how to invest it, and how to spend it. These friendly know-it-alls help visitors explore the planet's five continents and provide witty comments along the way. On Moneyland, you'll learn what gives money its value, how currency rates of exchange work, and how to find a job. In South Spending, you'll discover how to budget your money wisely. You'll also find out about credit cards and the importance of having a good credit history. The Republic of Savings explains various types of bank accounts as well as how an ATM works. Finally, the Investor Islands reveal the mysteries of investments: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more.
Is it any good?
There's a cool little personal digital assistant device on the site you carry from place to place. It lets you get a definition, use a calculator, or try a quiz question. Some of the questions involve basic math, but could prove a bit daunting for younger kids.
When the topic sometimes threatens to get boring, there are plenty of user interface controls to let you speed through parts that don't interest you. Kids who finish the entire tour may know more about money than their parents do!