Parents' Guide to

We the Economy

By Jennifer Sitkin, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Short films get kids thinking about the economy.

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This film-centric website can be a valuable tool for parents to help their kids become informed about economic issues. Important concepts such as supply and demand, the role of government in the economy, and economic inequality are addressed with humor, music, and stories that teens should find relevant and interesting. The film on supply and demand includes a sales competition between two students who are selling canes to dancers, and an animated film on economic inequality uses a magical land of lollipops and friendship to demonstrate the growing divide in wealth distribution. It should be noted that some of the content does get lost with all the bells and whistles, and parents will need to determine which of the films will be useful in opening up the conversation with their kids. But overall, the films on this site simplify complex content in a way that should be accessible to high schoolers.

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