In this module students investigate the accuracy of product information and advertising about cell phones and cell phone apps and explore false or misleading advertising.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will explore the values and conventions of consumer spending and protection in the wider school community.
  • Students will examine the roles of financial literacy and sound financial decisions in their own lives.

Key concepts:

  • Market
  • Choices
  • Financial decision making

Conceptual understandings:

  • Financial decision-making is influenced by local and global markets and advertising and affects the community.
  • Consumer protection laws and regulations cover goods and services purchased in New Zealand.

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Subject-specific vocabulary in module 3 includes:

Te reo PākēhaTe reo Māori
the principle of transparency te mātāpono noho haepapa
advertising whakatairanga
true pono
untrue teka
mislead whakatuapeka

1. Sussing out information

Have students research the information that is available about cell phones with the purpose of choosing a cell phone to buy. The research can be conducted as a class or group activity or students can undertake their research individually.

Starter questions:

  • What kinds of information do we want to know about mobile phones and plans?
  • Where will we find this information? Who should we listen to, talk to, or read to get information about mobile phones and plans?
  • What criteria will we use to make our decision about which phone to buy?

Have the class view Episode 9 of the ‘It’s all good’ series below:

4. Debating the issues