Raising good humans
We’re beyond excited to introduce Me — our newest app, the fifth in the Digital Toys series — not a moment too soon. Like other Digital Toys apps, Me encourages creative thinking. But it’s also our first app specifically designed to support kids’ socio-emotional development.
Me gives kids a safe place to tell their stories, express their identities and feelings, and to document the world around them. Kids can respond to 100s of questions about their feelings and preferences, their families, friends, schools, and homes to create vibrant, dynamic self-portraits in photos, GIFs, pictures, words, and recordings.
At a time when teachers are reporting an increase in bullying and anxiety
These skills are essential to children’s ability to positively contribute to the world and to their academic success. Research suggests that the better kids understand themselves, the more able they are to be empathetic and understand others. Teaching empathy can help combat bullying, peer cruelty, and the mental health epidemic.
Update: Me is now available on the App Store. Here are some more ideas to help support your kids’ social and emotional development.
Tips and resources
- Teaching your child emotional agility, The New York Times
- How to raise kinder, less entitled kids, Washington Post
- Teaching character to kids of all ages, Common Sense Media
- How parents can cultivate empathy in children, Harvard University
- Why kids need to journal, Parent.co
- Learning social emotional skills in the 21st century, PBS
- Emotion coaching, University of California at Berkeley
- Teaching your child to identify and express emotions, Vanderbilt University
- Raising race-conscious children, A Cup of Jo
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