Computer game aims to engage kids over debt issues

A new computer game has been launched with the aim of engaging young Britons over issues of debt management, it has emerged.

The YouthNet charity has introduced the game, dubbed Turf War, which invites players to throw computerised dog pooh at their opponents, with each batch costing part of their allocated budget.

Added weapons needed to win the online contests require extra funds that can only be secured by reading information on money-related subjects, including how to budget effectively and credit card debt, its developers have explained.

The initiative can be found on YouthNet’s TheSite.org website and has been designed in an effort to interest young consumers who might otherwise be reluctant to think about debt-related subjects.

“With Turf War we’re using a mechanic that is relevant and entertaining, allowing us to engage with young people and help them develop this essential life skill,” said YouthNet chief executive Fiona Dawe.

Earlier this week, the Consumer Credit Counselling Service suggested that honesty is best policy when it comes to effective debt management.

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