For many excluded and underserved populations, money has emotional connotations that impact the way financial services are accepted, used, and understood. We give money power based on our beliefs about it. For many who live without enough food, or adequate shelter, or any safety net, money is a source of stress, a symbol of everything that’s wrong. For people in that belief system, financial literacy education has all the appeal of getting a tooth pulled with a pair of pliers.
So a critical goal for financial literacy education is allowing money to assume its proper role in our belief systems as a tool we have control over, rather than as the seat of all the power in our lives. Online money and financial literacy games may be a way financial literacy training can be more accepted by underrepresented people and excluded populations. These games are fun and familiar, and may help change belief systems about the power of money.
Practical Money Skills.com has a number of education tools for financial literacy, including age specific apps, curriculums, and games. Visa’s Financial Football and Financial Soccer are very popular.
Financial Entertainment has a suite of financial literacy games, all online, that were originally the brainchildren of D2D Fund, now Commonwealth. The popular Celebrity Calamity, Bite Club for vampire lovers, Farm Blitz, and Groove Nation are some of the financial literacy programs that are disguised as rocking online games.
The New England Patriots top the leaderboard on Financial Football!
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