The very first young man that came to live with us, he stood up in the classroom and said I have no place to go, my son said my mom will take you. I heard his story his Dad lived in a car, his mother was a drug addict and he had nowhere to go.
Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) September 22, 2011
Picture slip sliding down a tree slide to the river surrounded by fun friends like Cackasaurus, Kluttermonk and Pouleteer. Picture a place of subterranean energy stones, painted skies, and opal oceans. This is a friendly world of childlike blues and greens and yellows. In Oville, where Cackleberries reside; meet up with friends, have fun and also learn. This is a world reminiscent of a more innocent earlier time, a world of childhood wonder. This unique edutainment site where safety comes first has a mission to restore the innocence to childhood and in a real life story twist, it was virtual world producer and creator Eronne Foster’s experience with street and addicted youth that made her so determined to create this site.
“My attitude to troubled youth was pretty main-stream,” says Eronne, “I figured they were making bad choices, they deserved what they got, we’d be much safer if they were all in jail, no matter how bad their upbringing was by the time you’re 18 get over it.” But her attitude took a complete about turn when her young son Jordan brought a classroom acquaintance home from school. “The very first young man that came to live with us, he stood up in the classroom and said I have no place to go, my son said my mom will take you. I heard his story his Dad lived in a car, his mother was a drug addict and he had nowhere to go.” Soon she realized that many kids had the same problem. “What became very apparent to me really quickly is that boys are not going to social services, if they are on the street they are on their own.” Determined to make a difference in these kids’ lives Eronne soon opened her doors to many more children. “All of them had backgrounds which would bring tears to your eyes; we had a house full of kids. I gave them a bed, I gave them hugs, and a phone number to call.” Her attitude also took a 180 degree turn. “I realized that in order to have choice you have to know there are other options, and many of these kids have no other options, and even those that do the psychological and physical damage that has been done to them, removes the motivation for them to make the right choice.”
This realization that early delivery of choices, both educational and social, could make a world of difference in the lives of children spurred Eronne forward to create a safe environment for child play and learning. “When I was a kid there was very little media in our lives, there was no interference in our play time, we knew nothing about sex violence and consumerism.” While the internet seemed like the ideal delivery mechanism it too comes fraught with problems in terms of putting youth at risk. “It led me to look at how kids were growing up and how much influence they were getting from the outside world and how much of it was negative, and so we developed a way to deliver an online world where the kids do not have wider access to the internet and are not meeting strangers online or being subjected to advertiser messages.”
This month's launch of the Cackleberries web site and the creative play world of Oville is the culmination of Eronne and her team’s determination to deliver a safe world where children between the ages of 3 and 7 get the basic skills to develop into healthy happy adults. Visit Oville it is free! Let Mumbee show you around. She has great wisdom and really knows her stuff, mainly, because her mother was one smart duck, Mumbee grew up in Oville with her best friends Duke, Blanche Mange and Kluttermonk, along with Terra, Captain Jack and Miss Honey Bun; these grownups help the young ones grow up healthy, happy and smart. Together they teach about science, nature, music, art, literature, history and most importantly, how to get along. Welcome to a life of fantasy, mystery, adventure, and lots of challenges, subtle education and just a really good place to be. Like the many kids that Eronne has befriended, feel safe and sound too, in the world of the Cackleberries Mom!
Cackleberries is a children’s edutainment (entertainment and education) company offering a website, animation, toys, games, music and more. Most importantly Cackleberries introduces young children, three to seven, to the future of education with a dedication to keeping children safe. Cackleberries protects children from the internet with the latest technology, provides family friendly content, and never advertises to children. The living virtual world of Oville is a place for children to learn and play in a guaranteed safe environment. Club C is a community for grownups to connect and share information covering an array of topics. Young Children can play and learn on the free website now by downloading the safety desktop icon to get started.