Digital Commerce

“Learning to become an intelligent consumer is an important aspect of good citizenship. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for students to go online and purchase items without thinking about the consequences. Often, the consequences extend beyond accumulation of debt. For example, not knowing how and where to buy items online can leave kids vulnerable to Internet scams and identity theft. If teachers hope to prepare students for the rest of their lives, digital commerce is an important issue that needs to be addressed.”

– Mike Ribble, Digital Citizenship in Schools 2nd Edition

Digital Commerce Issues

  • Online buying through commercial sites, auction sites, and other Internet locations
  • Online selling through auction sites and other Internet locations
  • Media subscriptions and purchases made through media software such as iTunes
  • Buying and selling “virtual merchandise” for online games

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Background Literature

Freemium Games are a Chance to Teach our Kids About Money

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