Tag: TV
Get ready for the new tv series of Mutant Busters!
September 30, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

The Mutant Busters, those charismatic superheroes whose mission it is to end with the mutants who want to dominate a contaminated planet, are not only one of kids’ favourite toys but by playing with them, children all around the world learn to be conscious and respect the environment. Plus, just like we´ve pointed out here at The Toy Blog, kids play at imagining they are superheroes while they evaluate situations and make decisions, learn to reason and use their critical minds. Kids have so much fun and there are so many benefits (educational, cognitive, social, etc.) to playing with Mutant Busters, that now, thanks to Famosa, Planeta Junior and Kotoc Studio, they will be making their television debut in a hilarious animated sitcom! Keep reading to be the first to get exclusive information and the entire juicy scoop on what the series is all about!

How do talk to our kids about the news
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.

The right tech for each age
March 16, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Much has changed since we were little. If technology consisted in having a TV and a record player, children today own that and much more. Personal computers, electronic games, tablets, smartphones and videogames to name just a few. According to a study by Lori Takeuchi, from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, households with children between 4 and 14 have an average of 11 digital and technological devices. The experts plead us to be cautious about having them spend too much time in front of the screens but we agree that electronic games, computers and digital media help expand their learning and knowledge. Here is the right tech for each age.

Best toys for different personalities
March 9, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Children begin to define their character and personality once they turn one. Educating a shy child is different than raising an extrovert.  That is why it´s important for parents to discover their personality at an early stage. Although it will evolve depending on their experience, surrounding environment and the people they relate to, part of their personality comes when they are born, independently of the education they receive. This is what psychologists call temperament. And this we can help them manage it through playToday we will give you an insight into what toys are best according to their personality.

8 ways to get your children to watch less TV
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.

Violence on TV. Is it good or bad for our children?
November 13, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

There are studies, which suggest that children who are exposed to violent content become violent adults and advise parents to avoid it at all costs. Psychologists and researchers however believe that there are other factors involved and that exposing our children to violent content can actually teach them how to assume some of the complexities of the world they live in. We wanted to share this debate with you so you can decide what is best for your children.