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Cutie Pugs Wins W3 Silver!

We were delighted to find out that Cutie Pugs games, created with our terrific partners Little Engine Moving Pictures, TVOKids,  Radio Canada and TFO with the support of Shaw Rocket Fund, CMF, and Ontario Creates, won a W3 Silver award for General Marketing Categories-Game or App for Marketing category. The W3 is the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, and it has a twin on our book shelf. It's a handsome, shiny award, and helps on those dar winter days.   Remember to play pugs games: https://www.tvokids.com/preschool/games/peekaboo-pugs-cutie-pugs https://www.tvokids.com/preschool/games/bath-time-cutie-pugs   ...

Takin’ Care of Business

This could be a long one. Do your best! Spare a Buck? Pity the good children’s app maker. It’s difficult to make respectable revenue making great content for children. The truth is that most parents (I know, not you) don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the content their kids are consuming. Life is too busy, stress is super high, and their kid has control of a personal device and is quietly tapping away over there on the couch. A parent is desperate for a bit of peace to make a meal or answer those texts from work. In one bit of research I was part of, more than one parent said that if Apple or Google trusted enough to have an app in their store, it was good enough for them. They didn’t even think about the potential danger of letting algorithms like YouTube’s recommendation engine, and the scammers who game...

Kids and Technology

Way back in the 1990s, I was lucky enough to work at TVOntario when there was still a lot of in-house production. Current Affairs, Science, Health, Arts, and of course a diverse Children’s department made a lot of television that lives on in the memories of many people around the world. The Children’s unit had a wealth of experience, experienced educators and some of the most talented craftspeople I’ve encountered in my increasingly long career. It helped me discover a love for inspiring young people that I like to think I touched on when I had a couple of kids of my own. My time working at TVO and TFO combined with my own love of technology and left me inspired that somehow there was room for cool things to happen when you let people who are great at what they do try out new tools. People were more excited...