For a long time, I’ve been a fan of the cartoons in “The New Yorker” magazine.
One caught my eye back in 2000, when I was new to writing and editing personal finance stories.
In the cartoon, Dad’s sitting on the couch with his son, as Mom stands in the background, fear in her eyes. A computer is in the other room. “It’s very important that you try very, very hard,” Dad says to his son, “to remember where you electronically transferred Mommy and Daddy’s assets.”
Eleven years of electronic progress later, many of us are carrying around smartphones and tablet devices. With them come new and even easier ways for our children to drain our bank accounts — accidentally, through games aimed at children who lack a firm grasp on the difference between real and imaginary money.
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