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Teaching Financial Literacy

For many young people, technology and the internet are a comfortable space, while for older generations they can still be a little frightening. But when those young people become too comfortable with their gadgets and apps, it opens the door for poor decisions if a child has not been well educated and prepared.

Ohio’s Department of Commerce Division of Financial Institutions is working on shoring up that preparation to promote financial literacy. Even for older Americans, one survey showed only 34% could answer four of five basic financial literacy questions correctly.

So while even the adults are flailing, children are being bombarded by “fun” apps that lead them to making questionable investment choices.

The agency points to resources such as The Jumpstart Foundation, Investor Protection Trust, FINRA Foundation and the American Library Association, FINRA, or Investor.gov.

Parents should take advantage of the options available to better prepare children to be good stewards of their own money, even in this digital age. Parents can probably learn a thing or two as well. Anything we can do to make smarter earners, consumers and investors, is a win for all of us.


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