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How do talk to our kids about the news
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August 5, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

There´s not much we can do to avoid it. Kids today witness images of natural disasters and international conflicts on TV screens or computers. If they´re very young, we can try toning it down but as they grow older, it´s best not to keep them isolated but rather have them understand what is going on in the world. So what do we do when our kids watch tragic news reports on TV? Experts Eric Rossen, director of the National Association of School Psychologists and Margret Nickels, director of the Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families have offered their advice on the subject.

New App – Create your own orchestra with everyday objects
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July 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve written about the powerful benefits that music has on children. Among other things, music builds their self-esteem, improves their concentration and helps their academic performance. In our article titled “6 Reasons your Kids should Learn to Play an Instrument”, several experts recommend children take music lessons but now that summer is here, and we´re on vacation, we propose a musical app called Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra, a game that encourages toddlers to create their very own orchestra with everyday objects.

Why videogames are good for children
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February 17, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Year after year, we are cautioned by the presence of violence in videogames. It´s obvious that some are not appropriate for young children but many parents however, influenced by the negativity of this type of message, discard them completely. The truth is that certain videogames provide an enriching experience and even an educational one. Especially if we keep in mind that, in a society like ours, we should not discourage them from learning through technology. So, what benefits do videogames provide for children? And how can parents enhance the positive aspects of playing with them?

8 ways to get your children to watch less TV
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January 28, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

How many hours should a child watch TV? In a study, published by medical journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, British paediatricians, led by psychologist Aric Sigman, suggests children under 3 not watch television or use other electronic devices such as cell phones, computers or tablets. And for kids 3 and older, they recommend they spend no more than 2 hours a day in front of a screen. Other experts however, believe we should not prohibit but limit the use of screens. Instead of isolating children in this technological and digital age, the key is to help them consume in moderation. Overexposure to screens can cause serious problems related to physical and cognitive development such as obesity, attention deficit disorders or lack of empathy.  Instead of opposing machines, we must search for educational alternatives that may substitute them. Especially during the winter months, when children spend more time at home. The Toy Blog would like to offer 8 ideas to help you help them not be tempted to watch too much TV.