Several suggested themes include:
- reading the fine print
- free isn't always free
- avoiding offers too good to be true
- building good credit
- preventing identity theft
- safe Internet shopping and networking
I think this is a great idea not only because those who participate will gain personal finance knowledge, but because they will have the opportunity to educate their classmates. These teens will undoubtedly share their experience with their peers at lunch and other high school events, raising the financial IQ of my great state quicker than a class or assembly ever could.
I wish I could enter just so that I could recreate my favorite PSA from the 80's, which showed the effect of drugs on your brain. My version would open on a wad of cash announced with, "This is your wallet". As I poured gasoline on the bills and lit them, it would proclaim, "This is your wallet if you don't read the fine print". Any Questions?
I'm partial to my remake but I still want to know, what would your "Money Smart" PSA be? Let your creative juices flow in the comments below.