Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PBS KIDS Super Vision App for Parents & Twitter Party



I'm VERY big on monitoring what my kids are accessing and playing online and via any digital format. As recommended, they are not allowed to have a TV or computer in their rooms. Instead, our school computer is in our school room where everyone can see what is on the screen.

It's not just their safety and innocence that I'm worried about. I also like to know what they are learning from the various educational sites on which they play games. But that isn't always easy. When my kids are on PBSKids.org, I don't really worry about what they're learning, even if I don't always know what they are learning simply because I know that PBS KIDS has my children's well being in mind and I trust them.

Still, I was pretty pleased to learn that PBS KIDS just launched a new revolutionary app designed specifically for parents that will give them the “super power” to engage with their kids in the digital medium as never before. Parents need all the tools that they can get to help them track their children's progress and keep them safe online.

PBS KIDS Super Vision
 
The new, free app is a first-of-its-kind tool that parents can access conveniently from their mobile phones anytime, anywhere, to see what their kids are watching, playing, and learning on pbskids.org, and help them make the most of their children’s PBS KIDS screen time. (Remember to always limit your child's screen time each day!)

With the PBS KIDS Super Vision App, now available on iPhone and iPod Touch, parents enter a simple code on their mobile device to start receiving:
  • Real-time information on what their child is playing, watching and learning on pbskids.org;
  • The ability to remotely set a Play Timer from their mobile device that will put pbskids.org to sleep on their child’s screen, easing the transition from playing online to another activity, such as dinner time or bed time;
  • Related activities that they can do with their child off-screen to extend the fun and learning goals of the games or videos their child plays on pbskids.org;
  • An Activity Summary to view the top educational skills, shows, videos and games their child used on pbskids.org.
The PBS KIDS Super Vision App will mean peace of mind for parents like us, while our kids build key skills in the safe and educational environment that pbskids.org provides. The app works anytime, anywhere – the connection doesn’t require physical proximity – making it easy for busy parents to check in on their kids’ online activities while they are on the go.

Join us tonight!

PBS KIDS is hosting a Super Vision Twitter party tonight (May 21) at 9PM EST! They’ll be discussing the new app and looking for feedback from parents! The hashtag is #SuperVisionPBSKIDS. I'll be dropping in – please join us if you can!

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