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Family Night

Family money night – help parents teach their kids about money

When it comes to thinking and learning about money, parents are typically the No. 1 influence in their children’s lives. Children pick up on both words and actions as examples they themselves adopt. So if parents want to teach their children good money habits, they need to learn how to model those examples too. This workshop or series of workshops could train parents how to be better money teachers by using everyday examples and teachable moments. Kids could also learn about making plans, researching money decisions, saving for a goal and prioritize spending.

 

Start with a family dinner in a large common room. Then, break the children up by ages and send the parents off to a separate meeting room. Align lessons so they complement each other. For example, if you want to discuss setting goals and saving, talk to parents about retirement or college needs, and talk to kids about financial goal setting in a context that is more relevant to them. You may even want to include a related craft for the kids or point them to books with similar themes. Topics could include, setting money goals, preparing for emergencies, planning and tracking spending, or debt and credit.

 

After an hour or so, bring the kids and parents back together and give them some time to share what they learned and what steps they will take once they get home. 

 

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Online resources

 

 

 

How to protect your identity

Don’t get hacked workshop – how to protect your identity and data

Lead an interactive workshop that walks patrons through how to protect their personal information, the protections they have when they use their credit and debit cards, steps to take if they suspect their information was hacked, warning signs of identity theft, and how to recover from identity theft. In today’s high-tech world, information can be more valuable than cash. So how can you protect your information online or at the cash register? What protections do you have? How can you spot ID theft quickly when it happens? And, how do you fix it? You can narrow in on a few of these topics, or conduct a series of workshops that dive a little deeper into each issue.

 

Presenters

  • Local law enforcement antifraud units. 
  • Cooperative Extension System 
  • Community college or local university computer science experts can discuss password and home network security.

             

Online resources

          

  • Equifax: 1-800-685-1111 or?www.equifax.com . To place a fraud alert on your credit report, call 1-888-766-0008.

       

 

  • TransUnion: 1-877-322-8228 or?www.transunion.com . To place a fraud alert on your credit report, call 1-800-680-7289.

 

 

AnnualCreditReport.com

3 Free Credit Reports Per Year: How to Get Free Copies

www.annualcreditreport.com

The three free credit reports consumers may request per year provide important information and a means to help consumers protect against identity fraud. The information contained is invaluable. As a consumer; you may request a free copy of your credit report from each of the three national credit bureaus every twelve months. Accessing and reviewing your credit reports from each of the three bureaus annually helps you ensure the accuracy of the information. It also allows you to monitor your account history to protect against identity theft.

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