“Shopping tip: You can get shoes for 85 cents at the bowling alley.” ~ Anon
With limited research, I can say with 0% certainty that nothing comprehensive exists to teach young consumers how to navigate the endless mass of online retailers in order for them to remain safe, not get ripped off, and become a responsible and savvy consumer. Some of the thinks that should be taught include:
- HPPTS versus HTTP, and how to tell if your transaction is secure.
- What constitutes reasonable terms of sale? For example, some places charge exorbitant shipping charges, and other have shoddy returns policies.
- How to interpret reviews and ratings and actually pay attention to them in the first place.
A lot of kids are wanting to buy stuff online, and a lot of unscrupulous people are waiting with bated breath to scam them. We need to do what we can to educate the younger consumers so that they can be pro-sumers as opposed to whatever the opposite is. Parents can’t always provide the best guidance, since no one taught them either. For example how many parents have clicked on stupid jokes which resulted in rampant virus infections?
What steps have you taken to educate your children? At some point you are going to have to turn off the parental controls or your kids will be frequenting the houses of their friends with less computer controls.