Help on consumer matters is available for young people in schools and colleges through a variety of educational websites.
This website sets out to provide teaching notes and plans, student worksheets, practical activities, class and school projects and other resources for schools. It covers citizenship and personal, social and health education (PSHE) at key stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. Visit the Ask CEdRIC website to find out more.
Finance for young people
Personal Finance Education Group is an educational charity that has set out to make sure that all young people leaving school have the confidence, skills and knowledge in financial matters to take part fully in society.
Their website, aimed at children and young people aged 4 to 19 supports teachers working with a range of advice and resources suitable for pupils of all ability levels, as well as reflecting different social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Visit the Personal Finance Education Group website to find out more.
Consumer competition - PlaySafe
The British Toy and Hobby Association, in alliance with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute run an annual competition inviting children to design a safe toy.
Pupils entering the competition can be as creative as their imaginations allow in designing a toy for a child aged between 3 and 7 years. Toy safety is paramount and practical advice is given for use by both pupils and teachers.
Proof of age cards
Trading Standards has been working in conjunction with the CitizenCard scheme and many schools in the area have issued these cards to their pupils.
If you would like to know more about this and other schemes use the see the Trading standards - under age sales page.
Know your rights
Advice for coping with difficulties with buying mobile phones and services - one of the top consumer problems especially in London - can be found on the Citizens Advice consumer service site.
The site also helps you deal with problems with consumer goods such as stereo, audio and video equipment, clothing and trainers. Visit the Citizens Advice consumer service website for more information.