Kids are drawn to the clever animation, challenges, and sounds offered by today’s media via television and computers.
The amount of “screen time” the kids are exposed to is a concern for me as a parent. I diligently try to limit their time with the time to the expert recommendations of less than 2 hours per day. Personally I believe this screen time applies to both TV, Wii & computer usage. I also think that exposure to any TV or computer time before the age of 2 should be zilch. (No offense intended to the Baby Einstein fans…It’s just my opinion).
To read more about the WHY? Behind that, you may be interested in the following article on Screen Time written by the Mayo Clinic.
Like many children my 5 & 3 year olds are constantly asking for tv and computer games. In an attempt to Make the Most of Every Moment, we spend screen time on quality shows, games, and sites for developing creativity, inquiry, and exploration skills. For example, I’d rather have them learning the scientific process on Sid the Science Kid than watching the goofy Flintstones (can you tell I don’t even know what children’s cartoons are popular right now?). Perhaps the time is even better spent on interactive games. I’d rather have Gavin and Anne Hope involved with quality learning games on the computer of Wii. Instead of Nick Jr. Games I’d prefer them to play Jump Start.
What is Jump Start?
I’m glad you asked!
I was recently contacted by Jump Start to try out their new 3D virtual world, write a review, and offer you a great giveaway.
This virtual world is focused on developing academic and logic skills. The online environment is safe and secure for kids as they interact, learn, and enjoy! There are different levels to explore based on your child’s age.
Storyland: 3-5 year olds
Adventure Land: K-2
Future Land: 3rd – 5th grade (Coming Soon)
As they complete missions the kids are rewarded with JumpStars. This system offers opportunity for positive reinforcement for learning, as well as an education in economics.
There is a fine line in educational software between being entertaining enough while still providing interacting opportunities for developing thinking skills, logic, and fact knowledge. Gavin and Anne Hope were very entertained as they learned. They especially loved creating their own Jumpee, similar to the process for creating a Wii Mii (say that 5x fast).
I enjoyed browsing the fantastic collection of articles on the JumpStart blog .
I especially liked the Craft Corner posts and an article on Brain Boosting Exercises for children. I also briefly interacted with the discussion board option for parents available on the site’s homepage.
Several features of the JumpStart virtual world are open to anyone. However with a $7.99 membership fee everyone in your family will have access to the full site.
JumpStart has offered one of my readers a three month membership! To enter, head over to JumpStart and tell me a feature of the game or site that you appreciated. Come back here to leave a comment.
This giveaway will be open until 10 PM EST on June 21st. I will announce the winner on the 22nd. UPDATE: The giveway has been extended. I will take entries through the week. Closing at 10 PM EST on June 29th. Thanks!