Friday, July 9, 2010

Secret Millionaires Club - Financial Education for Kids


I think it's so important to teach our kids how to be smart with money.  We can't neglect that responsibility, then expect them to know how to do everything when they grow up.  As my son has been growing up, we've been teaching him age-appropriate lessons, usually through real-life experiences.  At times, though, we've used supplemental resources, and I wanted to share a resource that I recently became aware of.

Have you seen the (relatively) new animated program called Secret Millionaires Club? Designed to help kids learn about financial literacy, the program features advice from Warren Buffett. 

Kids can also visit http://smckids.com/ to play games, participate in a Buffett Bucks rewards program, and ask Warren himself a question.  They'll start with some Buffett Bucks to build a portfolio (based on stock in real companies), which they can then track and manage.  I haven't tried it, but it looks like fun.

I watched one or two of the videos, and the principles seem sound and responsible to me.  (In any case, I'm in no position to be questioning the financial advice of Warren Buffett!)  I did hear a statement about personal values with which I can't agree; my son is old enough to overlook that point (if we talk about it first) and learn from the rest, but you as a parent should decide whether the content is suitable for your children.

To learn more check out the "Secret Millionaires Club" videos and website.

Disclosure:  I have received no compensation in any form for sharing this information with you.  I am not responsible if the theme song gets stuck in your head and you can't stop singing, "I'm good friends with Warren Buffett...."

5 comments :

  1. I have never heard of this before. Sounds pretty cool.

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  2. Oh crap thanks for that theme song ... hehe :)

    I haven't seen that one yet I'll have to check it out. You lead me to Dinosaur Train which has been non stop at our house :)

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  3. This seems like fun. They should make it a facebook game;)

    Grabbing your button.

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  4. Love the disclosure!! Great post, I'm going to share this one with my niece. Have a great weekend!

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  5. LOL, love the disclosure. Have you ever tried any of larry burkett's stuff? I was wondering if it was any good. I need to do more in this dept. in teaching my kids. We recently had one kid take my credit card and go online with it. It was pretty scary and humiliating...but taught me a lesson that my kids are capable of knowing way more than they do about money/credit/finances etc.

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