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Congrats to Reel FX for its grand opening of Webosaurs this weekend at the Dallas World Aquarium! Given our involvement in the project, my special assistant and I (she’s pictured doing her Webosaur Pterry impression) got to attend the VIP breakfast, help kids with Webosaurs demonstrations, tour the amazing Reel FX studio, and even have lunch with wildlife adventurer and spokesperson Nigel Marven. He’s terrific! Here’s a video of him swimming with the manatees at the aquarium, and you can check out cool webosodes of him on Webosaurs. Congrats again, Reel FX!

–Mike Pinkerton, COO

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Mary and I were working it the garden this morning and our first big pumpkin is finally turning orange.  That of course led to talks of Halloween and Jack O’ Lanterns and of course my fave – candy.  Mary expressed a desire to be a dinosaur this year and we both decided it was never too early to start a costume!  She chose the type and I used gardening sheers to make it (because they were handy and made me feel like Edward Scissorhands).

Enjoy the video.  I swear that it was completely unscripted and didn’t take four tries!  RAWR!  — Amy

Triiicera giggle giggle giggle tops!

RAWR!

RAWR!

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I was very interested in Anne Collier’s lastest blog post about 3D play shaping the social behaviors of children. So interested I titled this blog post the same.  Plus I am a little lazy.  :)

Anne's article discusses freeplay between a wolf and a bear

Anne's article discusses freeplay between a bear and a wolf

Here is Anne’s excellent article:

http://www.netfamilynews.org/2009/07/power-of-play-cyberbullying-solution.html

For so long, the cry has been that our youth will grow up not knowing how to have real life relationships because of all the time spent online.

I’ve always subscribed to just the opposite and am so happy to see Anne writing about this.  Virtual play gives children a safe spot to practice dealing with bullies, making friends, interacting with authority figures, being responsible for money, etc.  Like Anne points out, it is away from the prying eyes of the helicopter parent and children are more willing to push themselves, broaden acceptable risks, in exploring their own social selves.  Of course, some of this results in cyberbullying, but most results in a positive sense of self and safe practice in addressing both real life and virtual bullying situations.

I LOVED this project that ended a couple of months ago called eCircus.  eCircus – Education through Characters with emotional-Intelligence and Role-playing Capabilities that Understand Social interaction.

eCircus used virtual play to assist kids in real social situations

eCircus used virtual play to assist kids in real social situations

http://cordis.europa.eu/ictresults/index.cfm?section=news&tpl=article&BrowsingType=Features&ID=90663

Watch the video and see the positive practice sessions that children that encountered real life bullying sessions encountered.  It is a fascinating idea.

I think I remember Jim Bower from Whyville speaking about how we as humans interpret our environment and senses in three dimensions naturally, which is the incredible psychological drawn of virtual reality games, that it plays to our natural senses that no two dimensional website or book has ever been able to touch.  Neurons fire in our brains, and virtual play is like a box of sparklers.

Our company does live moderation in children’s virtual worlds.  I once added up the hours in my head and came up with close to 75,000 hours logged with these kids online.  We see kids doing this naturally every day, and I couldn’t be more on board with harnessing the powerful medium of virtual worlds in shaping our kids’ childhoods, experiences, and social development.

–Amy

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