Hey, kids: It’s cool to count your pen­nies

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

Teach­ing chil­dren to mon­i­tor their spend­ing habits is a valu­able les­son that can stay with them for the rest of their lives. So while it may have be­come less com­mon for chil­dren to see their par­ents en­ter­ing re­ceipts into their check­books, that doesn’t mean there aren’t teach­able mo­ments. Vir­tual Piggy lets par­ents set spend­ing lim­its and sav­ing goals for chil­dren while also us­ing brand part­ner­ships to give chil­dren a chance to buy prod­ucts with­out need­ing to get their par­ents’ credit card. The site and app are the brain­child of soft­ware en­gi­neer (and mom) Jo Web­ber, who worked with reg­u­la­tors to learn how best to man­age pri­vacy on the site. Free, but re­quires reg­is­tra­tion, for iOS and An­droid de­vices.

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