According to Demos, a New York-based research group, young Americans have the second-highest rate of bankruptcy - topped only by 35- to 44-year-olds. Demos says financial troubles often start when students leave college with credit card debt and student loans that already are unwieldy. According to Nellie Mae, graduates are leaving college with $20,500 in student loans and almost $2,864 in credit card debt.
Whether you want your child to get a credit card or not, he or she will probably get one. About 76 percent of students have them. So, the National Endowment for Financial Education suggests these steps in helping
with the transition to the first credit card: