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    Need to Know

    Consumer Rights & Responsibilities

    •  Teenagers are a large part of the economy
    • Teenagers should think of themselves as consumers
    • Employers can look at credit scores
    • Understand the process of comparison-shopping
    • Learn about your landlord-tenant rights & responsibilities
    • Read a contract before entering into an agreement
    • Know how to find and/or ask for help
    • Learn to avoid being “ripped off”
    • Understand your voter rights & responsibilities
    • Understand how local and state governments work
    • Explain labor & wage laws
    • Choose the appropriate agency when seeking consumer information
    • Be a “savvy” online shopper
    • Know how to resolve consumer complaints
    • Understand privacy laws
    • Define PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and relate to technology and social media

    Health & Safety

    •  Acquiring and using health insurance
    • Establish healthful dietary practices
    • Understand how media enhances images to create an alternate reality
    • Identify health dangers (ex. tanning)
    • Summarize the My Plate program
    • Identify concerns and safety issue with OTC medications
    • First Aid
    • Safe Driving
    • Sexual health and contraception
    • Household chemicals as personal health and environmental concerns
    • Child safety issues
    • Water safety
    • Safety equipment for biking and sports
    • Symptoms of food borne illnesses
    • Nutrition basics
    • Personal hygiene
    • Suicide prevention, depressions and bullying response
    • How to research personal health issues on the Internet
    • Reading the food nutrition label
    • Preparing for a visit with a health care professional
    • Binge drinking/smoking dangers

    Environment

    •  Social responsibility for the collective environment
    • Using and promoting the use of renewable resources
    • Recycling basics-where, what and when
    • Preventing the “throw-away” culture
    • Climate change
    • Conservation of water
    • Understanding/reducing your personal carbon footprint
    • How to dispose of hazardous materials properly
    • Green shopping
    • Advantages of hybrid vehicles
    • Impact of global economics on the environment

    Technology

    •  Privacy and online social media
    • Cell phone costs
    • Netiquette
    • Cyber bullying
    • Evaluate bundled electronic services
    • Phishing and friends
    • Identify theft through technology
    • Communicating through technology
    • Buyer’s rights online
    • Creating, changing and storing passwords

    Personal Finance

    •  Evaluating the need for and buying insurance
    • Payday lending costs
    • Federal student loan issues
    • Filing income tax return
    • Budgeting
    • Cost of wants
    • Paying for college
    • Renting the first apartment
    • Buying and insuring a car
    • Online (paperless) banking