New App Helps Parents Balance Screen Time, Summer Time and Learning Time

May 8, 2014

Free app gives parents the “super power” to engage with what their kids are learning and playing on pbskids.org using their own iPhone or iPod touch

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As West Virginia families prepare for summer vacation, West Virginia Public Broadcasting offers leading tools to support learning anytime, anywhere. Making content across platforms and programs available to the community, West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a trusted, go-to resource for families, helping prepare children for success in school and in life.

One of those tools is a new, free app designed specifically for parents that will give them the “super power” to engage with their kids in the digital medium as never before. PBS KIDS Super Vision 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. Now available on iPhone and iPod touch, PBS KIDS Super Vision offers a connected web experience that enables parents to see remotely what their kids are learning in PBS KIDS games and videos, help manage their kids’ time on pbskids.org and build on that learning away from the screen through real-time updates, educational tips and activity ideas that are related to their children’s interests.

“PBS KIDS uses the power of media to spark children’s curiosity. Connecting parents to tools that help support that passion for learning is core to our mission,” said Scott Finn, executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. “The extensive research conducted with parents by PBS shows time and again that parents trust PBS KIDS to provide educational content, and they are hungry for more information about what their kids are learning from our shows and games. In addition, parents want to know how they can extend that learning beyond the screen. The PBS KIDS Super Vision app will help address these needs.”

Set timers, view your child's progress, and get tips for off-screen activities to extend learning.

With the PBS KIDS Super Vision App, 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 from PBS Parents 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 app was designed in-house by the multiple Webby-award-winning PBS KIDS team, using open source tools. PBS KIDS Super Vision is built on a platform that allows for the seamless, real-time pairing of multi-platform experiences and content on any device with an internet connection. The connection doesn’t require physical proximity, making it easy for parents to see and connect to their child’s screen-time experience anywhere.  

New features will be added to the app in the future, and parents are encouraged to offer suggestions for ways to enhance it. Parents can voice their ideas about ways PBS KIDS can expand the app via email and social media, using the hashtag #SuperVisionPBSKIDS.

PBS KIDS Super Vision is PBS KIDS’ second app designed specifically for parents. PBS Parents Play & Learn, also available for free, offers parents simple activities that they can do with their kids to support math and literacy, themed around specific locations such as the grocery store or the park. PBS KIDS also offers more than 30 apps for kids, designed to help build literacy, math, science and school readiness skills and more. More information about PBS KIDS’ apps is available on pbskids.org/apps.

PBS KIDS Super Vision is available free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com/PBSKIDS.

About PBS KIDS -- PBS KIDS, the number-one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About West Virginia Public Broadcasting -- West Virginia Public Broadcasting tells West Virginia’s story through high-quality programming and services including West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, Mountain Stage®, wvpublic.org and Ready To Learn®.

 

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