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April 13, 2015
What’s the next best thing to playing football? Playing football at home! This was our mandate when we set to work crafting the Premier League’s new digital kids’ experience.
A year in the making, Kids.premierleague.com is now LIVE, and we’re very proud of the result.
February 2, 2015
The CES closed a few weeks ago, the world’s tech companies have taken their best products to the arena and now that the dust has settled I wanted to write a summary of what exciting innovation we can expect in the kids and families industry.
October 17, 2014
Back in my tween days, my wonderful yet curious mum wanted to read my diary. She didn’t in the end – something along the lines of “rights to privacy and independence” and my dad believing in them. On another occasion, I must have been around 12, I ran into a friend after my piano lesson, decided to spend some time with her and didn’t call home to let the family know. I didn’t have a mobile phone and I just wasn’t thinking that they would be worried. I was very wrong. They were. I eventually got home, got very memorably told off and learned some important lessons.
March 14, 2014
It is no news that kids interact with a variety of media from a very young age. The people around them want what is best for the kids, and so the pressure for this media to be in some way beneficial or educational is extremely high. At the same time, the industry suffers from a lack of understanding of what being educational truly means and how parents and children consume this “education”. Shedding some much needed light into this area of thinking, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center recently published an insightful report looking into the educational media use in children’s households.
January 2, 2014
We work in a lively and exciting industry, so we could almost certainly say this every year, but nevertheless: 2013 has been a great year for innovations, campaigns, technologies and initiatives within the children and family space. We witnessed a new children’s apps category get created on iTunes, kids TV series published on mobile devices before airing on TV; we witnessed programmed TV being less and less popular with certain audience categories whilst the OTT boxes went from strength to strength. We were in awe to see 3D printing take a bigger step towards the mainstream consumer market and devices such as Oculus Rift being made available to public.
November 20, 2013
The Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the year was just announced, and the winner is (drumrolls please) ‘selfie’. Given that the frequency of use of this word increased by 17,000% in the last year, it comes with little surprise that the decision was virtually unanimous.
In the light of the victory of the selfie, I thought this is a good moment to give you an update about some of the latest stats and interesting news from the world of photography-based social networks.
October 9, 2013
“I would there were no age between 10 and three-and-20, or that youth would sleep out the rest, for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.”
Shakespeare’s words, not mine. A bit harsh, I would argue, but fascinatingly relevant of some of the myths and stereotypes about teenagers that are still around today. Ranging from the 2006 controversial reports about Britain’s adults being scared of the youth (1.5M of Britons thought about moving away from their local area due to young people hanging around and 1.7M reported avoiding going out after dark as a direct results of youths gathering), to talks about their extensive social media usage and self-obsession (selfie, anyone?) – the myths about teenagers are aplenty.
July 17, 2013
The US-based Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) just published an interesting report, titled Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners. Essentially, the aim of this report is to call upon the policy makers, practitioners, educators, parents and pretty much everyone and their grandmother to act and help turn museums and libraries into the learning and community hubs we know they can be. At Little Big, we are fans of these institutions and love seeing them create unforgettable family experiences. It is a topic close to our hearts so I wanted to share some key messages from this report.
May 21, 2013
In our study of family purchase dynamics we discovered that 98% of UK families believed holidays abroad are “for the whole family”, with 96% saying the same about the holidays within the UK. And if holidays are a family matter, we must face the fact: if the children are not engaged and happy on a vacation, a good vacation it will not be.
March 28, 2013
I think that good educators have always brought games into the classroom: from role play, to cards, to scavenger hunts and quizzes – they are all games and playing to learn is not a new concept. But as laptops and tablets become more common in classrooms, and as games become the more dominant media in kids’ lives, the introduction of video games into education or “gamification of education” moves towards the centre stage of learning-related discussion. So I wanted to share some thoughts on why I think games definitely do belong in the classroom, and some examples of how this has worked.