The wrong message for kids in Hoboken!

Hey Hoboken Parents: Why teach kids to use plastic money?

Walking by a Hoboken park the other day, I found this “toy” on the sidewalk. A plastic piece labeled “My ATM Card.” Now if this isn’t the single worst “toy” for a child, I don’t know what is!

Yeah, I know – some parents will probably say that it’s OK to emulate what Mommy and Daddy do – but in the case of teaching kids a sensible way of living when they’re adults, using plastic money (credit cards) is NOT it!

To any parent that has this “toy” in their repertoire, I recommend teaching the kid how to shred this card, and use strictly CASH or precious metals to buy their imaginary belongings.

But then again, programming the populace has to continue, and they start planting the seeds early and often. Don’t say I didn’t warn you of the signs!

My ATM Card toy for children a bad idea in Hoboken NJ

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3 Comments on "The wrong message for kids in Hoboken!"

swimfan
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swimfan

I’m confused. I use my ATM card to get CASH out of the ATM machine. So how is a toy ATM card teaching kids about using credit cards?

Mitch Ultimato
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Mitch Ultimato

We gave our teenager a Paypal debit card. The reason is this. When kids are old enough to start going out on their own (like using the PATH) and with friends and they still have no income, it gets pretty tiresome having to fork over cash every time they need something. If I don’t have cash on hand I’m the one who has to go to the bank and get it. The Paypal debit card is 100% controlled by the parents. We see everything he spends it on and every time he takes out a withdrawal from an ATM, and we control how much money is in the account. You can say what you want about teaching kids to use cards vs. cash, but in the world they’re growing into, cash is increasingly obsolete.

Frankie
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Frankie

Would never give my kids such garbage. Not once.

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