The Internet, which opens up worlds of information, fun and skill-building activities for kids, isn't a safe place in which to simply turn young kids loose. Parental involvement is key in helping our kids grow to be wise users of technology.
San Francisco (PRWEB) October 15, 2008
Glubble (http://www.glubble.com), the leading online activity center for families with children under 12, and Highlights magazine, the best-read children's magazine in the nation, are partnering to encourage parents to get more involved in the online lives of their children 12 and under.
Starting October 16th, Highlights and Glubble will invite parents to take a survey exploring their children's online activities and parental involvement at http://www.highlights.com/mt/parents/. Results will be published early November. Information on safe surfing will also be shared with Highlights subscribers and Glubble users, and be made available to the public at large.
Christine French Clark, editor in chief of Highlights magazine and Highlights High Five magazine, said: "The Internet, which opens up worlds of information, fun and skill-building activities for kids, isn't a safe place in which to simply turn young kids loose. Parental involvement is key in helping our kids grow to be wise users of technology."
Willem-Jan Schutte, CEO of Glubble added: "Just as responsible parents select which books to read to their children and decide which TV shows their children can watch, Glubble encourages parents to extend that level of parental involvement to the Web."
Glubble turns playing and surfing on the Internet into an experience that is fun for the entire family, and makes it easy for parents to be involved with their kids' online learning and discovery. With Glubble, parents with children under 12 can create a personal Kids Page for each child and pre-approve the Web sites their children can access from thousands of games, kids-safe and fun Web sites, printable coloring pages, downloadable Play Art toys and educational exercises. And parents can easily add more Web sites at any time, from the Glubble content library or any site on the Internet, so Glubble grows with the interests of children.
Glubble's new social networking features include secure chat and message posting, picture sharing, and a family events organizer. These tools teach children best practices for social networking in a safe environment and serve to enrich the most important relationship of all - family.
Highlights for Children launched their first web page for children - HighlightsKids.com - in 2003. The site, which offers interactive Hidden Pictures, games, puzzles and Highlights articles, was the first recipient of CARU's Safe Harbor Seal.
About Highlights for Children, Inc. (http://www.Highlights.com)
Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose®," Highlights for Children, Inc. has helped children become their best selves for generations. Its flagship publication, Highlights magazine, the most recognizable and widely-read children's magazine in the nation, printed its one-billionth copy in June 2006. Other Highlights offerings include Highlights for Children Book Clubs and the Highlights Catalog, a selection of gifts children will love and parents can trust. Online, children can visit http://www.HighlightsKids.com for interactive content related to each issue of the magazine, and parents can visit http://www.HighlightsParents.com for informative articles and suggestions for additional family activities. Corporate offices are in Columbus, Ohio, and editorial offices are in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
Glubble is an online activity center that turns playing and surfing on the Internet into an experience for the entire family. Developed for families with children under 12, kids can play thousands of games, watch cartoons, print coloring pages, download Play Art toys, learn their ABCs, arithmetic and foreign languages and surf Web sites that have been pre-approved by their parents.
Parents create the family's private homepage where they can send messages to their kids, add family members--including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins--send messages to their kids, upload family photo albums and organize the family's busy calendar of events. Glubble provides parents with easy-to-use tools and a family social network to support their children's play, learning and discovery on the Web.
Fun, free and safe, Glubble is where families play! Become a member today at: http://www.Glubble.com.