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Consumer.gov and Consumidor.gov Provide Free Consumer Protection Tools for Educators and Students

Posted on 05/02/2016

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Looking for free tools to help students understand consumer protection basics—including financial literacy—in plain and simple language? The Federal Trade Commission has a free educational website—Consumer.gov External link opens in new window or tab in English and Consumidor.gov External link opens in new window or tab in Spanish—to help people avoid scams, manage their money, use credit and loans carefully, and protect their personal information.

The site is easy to use and navigate, and accessible to people with different learning styles and literacy levels. Educators can access free articles, videos External link opens in new window or tab, and worksheets about managing money External link opens in new window or tab—including making a budget External link opens in new window or tab; credit, loans, and debt External link opens in new window or tab, how to get and fix credit reports External link opens in new window or tab; and avoiding scams and identity theft External link opens in new window or tab. Other tools include presentations and lesson plans (arriving in spring 2016). You can also hear content read aloud by clicking the “listen” button next to each article in either English or Spanish.

Consumer.gov and Consumidor.gov information is free to use and share. Everything is in the public domain, so cut and paste and use as you wish. You can download copies to hand out, link to a page, or copy text into a newsletter. There are no copyright limits.

The FTC will also send free printed copies of Consumer.gov and Consumidor.gov materials. Resources come in a sample pack External link opens in new window or tab, including all topics in English and Spanish, or in tear-off pads of 50 External link opens in new window or tab for each topic. Students can refer to these one-page flyers when making financial decisions, or complete the Make a Budget External link opens in new window or tab worksheet to make their own monthly budget. Free bulk orders (including free shipping) may be submitted at ftc.gov/bulkorder External link opens in new window or tab.

Source: OCTAE Connection External link opens in new window or tab, Issue 246, March 11, 2016