May 31st, 2010
Our family strongly believes in teaching children about financial responsibility at an early age, and the best way to do this is to give them money to practice with in a supervised environment while they are young!
Ekomini is a computer-based, interactive piggy bank that connects to your computer via a USB connection (works for Mac AND Windows – yay!) and connects children to an interactive online world where they can practice their saving skills (with the money that’s actually in their banks).
This little bank is so neat, it actually counts the counts, memorizes them, and transfers the balances into a virtual account that your children can monitor to track their savings! When children visit the online world of Ekominiville, they can learn about saving, planning for purchases, donating to causes, and investing. There’s also a parental interface to keep grown-ups like us in the loop. I know if you add a computer game into the equation with ANY subject for my daughter, her interest levels increase ten-fold!
With incredibly high levels of consumer debt running rampant across North America it seems clear that we need to do a better job of teaching our children how to manage finances wisely. This new savings tool looks like a good place to start!