Friday, April 28, 2017

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Bellevue Based FishyTale Digital Donates Lyle Little Experiences To Children's Hospital

FishyTale Digital, an innovator in education and immersive storytelling books will donate 50 Lyle Little Reading Experiences to the Seattle Children's Hospital
SEATTLE, WA - 21 Apr, 2017 - Eric Luttio, CEO of FishyTale Digital, Inc. and Christine Edwards, Senior Foundation Manager of Bungie are excited to announce their joint initiative to bring an animated reading adventures to life for children at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
FishyTale Digital is donating 50 copies of their first immersive reading experience App “The Astonishing Adventures Lyle Little Part 1  to Seattle Children’s Hospital a joint initiative with the Bungie Foundation. 
FishyTale and Bungie are excited to touch the lives of as many children as possible during their stays at the hospital. Children connect to the animated characters themselves in our immersive reading experience App that brings joy and laughter.
Children and their parents will experience Lyle Little’s adventure of a lifetime after they help Lyle discover a mysterious book that takes him to the height he has always dreamt of becoming.
The Astonishing Adventures of Lyle Little Part 1  reading experience has learning based interactions, different reading experience levels, changing the narrator, reading levels and fun word assembly games, achievement games all in one adventurous reading App.
FishyTale’s aims to touch the lives of patients and their parents by creating a positively enrich learning experience.   
In keeping with FishyTale’s mission and vision for the company we also have a site dedicated to help parents with kids in our growing digital world.
About FishyTale Digital Inc.
FishyTale Digital was founded in July, 2014 by CEO Eric Luttio, a business leader with over 25 years of executive management experience in high tech industries from telecommunication to biotechnology and healthcare; Executive Vice President, Denny Andrews, a former business owner, published author, and corporate trainer who created and presented business strategies for Boeing Microsoft, Farmers Insurance and hundreds of other companies.
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Company Name: FishyTale Digital, Inc.
Contact Person: Denny Andrews
Phone: 425-405-5580
Country: United States

Friday, April 7, 2017

Helping Parents Help Kids Negotiate Our Digital World

From 2010 to 2014 the average daily use of mobile devices for adults went from just over an hour to over 5 hours per day, in addition to the three and a half hours spent online and over 4 hours watching TV.  That brings the combined screen time for adults to over 12 hours a day not accounting for the dual screen situation where people watch TV while they surf the internet or communicate on their mobile devices.
That’s the average screen time for adults and then we wonder why our children are so attracted to screens and the potential damage they may be causing themselves. I read an article where a parent was discussing the mock dinner their young children were preparing and before pretending to serve anything they both checked pretend phones for texts and emails. Children have always wanted to be more grown up and the best example they have of that is watching their parents.
If you really want to limit your children’s screen time the first thing that you need to do is limit your screen time in front of them. It will be more difficult than you think but is extremely important if you are trying to show your kids that there is more to life than staring into a screen or mobile device. Babies learn by mimic
Official recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children’s screen time has remained largely unchanged since 1998:
·      No time for kids under 2
·      No more than 2 hours a day for older children
·      Even with more and more education on computers they still suggest no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day

A report by common sense media reported that in 2013 75% of kids under age 8 had access to mobile devices and 38% of children under the age of 2 had access.
Organizations that support educational media technologies for kids call most of the content created for them “dopey activities” or the “empty calories” of the digital media world.
Parents need to be intentional about the amount of time their kids spend on screens and especially as to exactly what type of content they are watching and interacting with. It is equally important for parents to take the opportunity to spend time with their kids online instead of making a battle out of it make it an opportunity for learning and bonding.
Reports show that somewhere between 15% and 33% of teenagers have been cyber bullied over text messaging or social media. That is only one of the potential dangers when looking at the ever expanding digital world. In addition, there are plenty of other hazards that are not fully understood:
·      The rewiring of the brain from too much screen interaction
·      The interference with natural light and sleep cycles
·      What activities are being replaced by the time kids are spending on screens
·      The long term effects from lack of social interaction
·      And many other, physical, social and psychological

Ask your kids to teach you their favorite games, as well as any educational games along with any rewards or bonuses they have achieved.
Some sites and games have listed or suggested age limits take a look and follow the recommended limits.
Have periodic discussions with your kids about their online activity and what to be careful as they grow older and spend more and more time on the different social networks and websites.
If you are going to monitor your child’s screen or online activity have a conversation with them first so they know you are monitoring them and that you are doing it to keep them safe. If you do it without them knowing, you risk damaging the trust they have with you.

Every type of device has parental controls and screen sharing capabilities so you can easily keep an eye on your child’s screen time and keep them safe.

Great PDF on Children and Our Digital World

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Managing Your Kids and The Digital Age

Managing Technology, Screen Time and Kids
There are a lot of issues that need to be considered when looking at kids and screen time or technology.
How much technology or screen time can have negative effects.
Now that there is a screen or 2 in every room not to mention the smaller screens that every person in the room is holding when is it too much?
In addition to that then there is the type of content and how much of the various types of content is considered too much:
·      Movies
·      Video Games
·      Facebook
·      Other Social Media
·      Apps and Other Games
·      Texting and Facetime
·      YouTube
·      Television shows
·      Shopping
·      Homework
Many kids left on their own would happily play video games for days on end so it’s important to put together a screen time plan that teaches them the discipline they will need as they grow older and the world becomes more and more digital.
We all have heard that the Internet has other hazards besides the lack of personal interaction, inability to focus and screen addiction. Tomorrow’s post will offer some solutions to all the problems and issues that come with our ever expanding digital age.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Helping your children when they begin school for the first time

A child’s entering preschool or kindergarten can be a source of excitement for kids and parents,but it can also be a source of stress or fear.
Today’s kindergartens, and pre-schools for that matter, have changed. There are distinctive differences in race, religion, family lives and level of education. Some children don’t have the ability to recognize letters of the alphabet while others can read and understand words and even sentences.
It’s important to do everything you can to help prepare your child for the educational, emotional, psychological and social interactions they are going to experience.
It’s difficult to prepare your child for everything that can happen as they begin their educational career but there are some basic areas you can cover that will give them the highest potential for success.
·      Take the time to get to know the local schools and choose the class your child will attend carefully.
·      Get the school’s enrollment and curriculum documents as well as the CV’s of the teachers.
·      Attend all open houses and any school tours that are available.
·      Spend time with your child doing learning activities long before their first day of school begins.
·      Encourage your child to get excited about reading and education as well as making sure they know you will be there to support them.
·      Challenge your child as you work with them and demonstrate how to handle situations where they may feel overwhelmed.
·      Talk with your child’s new teacher and discuss the teacher’s goals for the children in his/her class.
·      Ask the teacher if there are specific days that parents are invited to participate in class and how else you can help. 
·      Find and use technology, books and other available tools to show your child how exciting and fun learning and making new friends can be.
I hope this helps as you move closer and closer to your child’s first day in class and that FishyTale’s customizable reading experiences help to prepare your children for a lifetime of reading and continuous learning.