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Mar 0
Mar 0

Infomedia and Azoomee announce strategic partnership

Infomedia, the leading Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) organisation is pleased to announce a new partnership with the award-winning children’s learning platform Azoomee.

INFOMEDIA is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Azoomee, who wish to capitalise on the benefits of using Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) to allow customers to securely charge a subscription directly to their mobile phone bill, with as little as one click.

DCB has the power to reach over 4 billion people globally – more than any other payments mechanism – and combines this with unrivalled check-out conversion, convenience and security.

Azoomee is a perfect fit for DCB as they will be able to take full advantage of the need for a quick and seamless payment solution. Azoomee is a fun learning platform for kids aged 5+. Available globally and on any mobile device, the Azoomee app gives families unlimited access to premium games, videos and activities selected by educators. Their mission is to make screen time meaningful for every child in the world. Azoomee is building the world’s largest library of kids’ games, videos and educational activities based on 21st Century skills like STEM, creativity, nature and wildlife, logic and problem-solving.

INFOMEDIA is unique in being able to provide DCB payments to brands across all regions with a single, non-technical integration and near-zero operational impact and has an impressive network of carrier connections. They recently announced another partnership with a children’s media brand, Hopster, who provide high quality kids’ content for the pre-school market and are being recognised as the partner of choice for digital companies prioritising ethical conduct and data security.

“We’re absolutely delighted to add Azoomee to our growing portfolio of brands. It further reinforces the attractiveness of DCB to organisations that wish to provide a simple, secure payments experience across the globe,” commented Michael Tomlins, CEO. “It is wonderful that more and more of the world’s most recognisable digital operators are joining the DCB revolution.”

“Our partnership with Infomedia adds a powerful new way for parents across the globe to quickly and easily subscribe to Azoomee,” added Douglas Lloyd, co-founder of Azoomee. “Together we will enable even more families to enjoy our unique proposition of fun learning games and videos.”

 

ABOUT INFOMEDIA

There are in excess of 4 billion mobile phones in the world and this number is set to grow by 800 million over the next 3 years. Mobile devices are central to how consumers engage and transact with organisations, yet only a handful of businesses have managed to effectively monetise the world’s largest digital channel.

INFOMEDIA is a global leader in Direct Carrier Billing (“DCB”), enabling the world’s leading brands to conveniently charge digital purchases to more than 500 million customers’ mobile phone accounts in as little as a single click. In 2017 alone, INFOMEDIA processed over 50 million micro-payments, through its secure and robust micro-payments platform.

 

ABOUT AZOOMEE

Azoomee is a fun learning platform for kids aged 5+. Available globally and on any mobile device, the Azoomee app gives families unlimited access to premium games, videos and activities selected by educators.

Our mission is to make screen time meaningful for every child in the world. That’s why Azoomee is building the world’s largest library of kids’ games, videos and educational activities based on 21st Century skills like STEM, creativity, nature and wildlife, logic and problem-solving.

 

For more information please contact: tom.naylor@azoomee.com

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Mar 8
Mar 8

Let’s conquer maths anxiety with games!

It’s the 14th of March and today is Pi Day … 3.14 … got it?! It’s a silly joke but, by combining maths and desserts, it points to something that we can easily forget: learning maths can be fun!

But sadly, if we don’t change the way kids learn, this is something our children are totally missing out on.

From the age of six studies show that kids feel real fear and anger as a result of a condition that’s being dubbed “mathematics anxiety”. They can even suffer physical symptoms like butterflies, a racing heart or difficulty catching their breath and it can lead to a whole host of behavioural problems in the classroom and at home. It can completely destroy the subject for children, limiting their learning, and in turn resulting in lower and lower adult numeracy levels.

According to the Nuffield Foundation report, Understanding Mathematics Anxiety, the proportion of adults with functional maths skills equivalent to a GCSE grade C has fallen from 26% in 2003 to 22% in 2011.

The problem starts early. Dr Ros McLellan, who led the interview research, notes: “Maths anxiety is very much an emotional reaction. Younger kids won’t want to go to school when they have maths classes; they get tearful and upset.”

So, how do we try to tackle this? We make it fun! We change the way our kids learn!

Technology offers a highly effective way to remove the stigma around maths through gamified learning. If a child is using logic, numeracy skills or solving sums while playing a game that they love, the negative associations fade away and the learning comes naturally. Suddenly the classroom seems a bit less scary!

Major causes of anxiety around maths include the association with poor marks, test pressures and teasing by other kids. By embracing games, we can remove these associations and replace them with something amazing: that maths is fun (it’s just playing with numbers after all).

I often hear adults boasting about being ‘bad at maths’. This is something that drives me crazy because most of the time it’s not true; it stems from the anxiety we felt as children. As parents, we need to challenge these stereotypes and embrace fun ways for our children to learn subjects where perhaps we didn’t excel. This way we can also overcome our own anxieties about the subject and remove the emotional obstacles that limit our children’s potential.

Looking for a starting point? Why not try Chef Slash on the Azoomee app. It’s designed to help children learn percentages and improve their estimation skills by sharing portions of food equally between different numbers of people. There are pizzas, fruit and even desserts to share so it’s perfect for Pi Day!

– Douglas Lloyd, co-founder, Azoomee

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Feb 2
Feb 2

‘Momo’ highlights the importance of finding real solutions to real parenting problems

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard about the ‘Momo Challenge’ – it’s spreading like wildfire among kids on social media. For the lucky ones who haven’t been exposed to it, it’s a sickening chain letter style game that encourages children to share pictures of self-harm and even commit suicide. Now, terrifying images have started to appear spliced into Peppa Pig and Fortnite videos on YouTube Kids.

For many parents, ‘Momo’ is an all too familiar story. So too are the calls for greater regulation of social media and video sharing services for kids.

Sadly there’s a reality no one wants to admit: regulation cannot solve this problem. With over 400 hours of new content uploaded by users every single minute, it’s impossible to check everything. Someone will always be trying to beat the algorithm on user-generated content platforms like YouTube. And by the time content has been reported or taken down, millions of kids may have already been harmed by the content. Put simply, these services are simply not designed for kids.

Advice provided by organisations like Parent Zone is useful, but what parents actually need are solutions. Places where kids can go online safely, be entertained, learn and enjoy everything that is wonderful about technology. These platforms – curated by humans, not algorithms – exist today. For pre-school kids, I can’t recommend Hopster highly enough. Their beautiful app is completely age-appropriate, ad-free and designed specifically for children so you know they won’t stumble on something they shouldn’t. If they’re a little older (5+) Azoomee (no bias here) is also a great solution. It’s completely safe, with every game and video chosen by educators before it appears on the service.  It also focuses on teaching children 21st century skills (like online safety) so they are better prepared for the next depressingly inevitable online danger.

The point is parents do have a choice. They can take their children off these dangerous platforms and give them digital solutions that will solve this problem for good!

-Estelle Lloyd, co-founder and COO at Azoomee

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Oct 3
Oct 3

International Day of the Girl: A Skilled Girlforce

The 11th of October is the United Nations’ “Day of the Girl”, with this year focusing building “A Skilled Girlforce”. 600 million adolescent girls will enter the workforce in the next decade and more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common. Today marks the start of an entire year of effort to expand learning opportunities and calls on the global community to help all girls to transition into the world of work.

Azoomee was founded by parents of three young girls so we have some understanding of the damage gender stereotypes can have on aspirations and opportunities. These girls benefit from seeing their mum working everyday a traditionally male-dominated field. Without role models like this, and with the systemic limitations that girls face around the world such as the expectation that girls don’t need to be in school or practices that alienate girls when they are menstruating, they still face huge barriers. We are proud to join the UN and passionately believe that girls (and indeed all children) have a fundamental right to education.

There’s so much untapped potential in each and every girl: it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for development – especially in communities without access to resources or materials. Technology can be a vehicle for innovative teaching and learning that helps girls to build the self-confidence to put themselves forward for opportunities. At Azoomee, we want girls to fly in the face of the social habits and collective representations that can hold them back. The future of this world depends on girls having the freedom and intellectual development to chase their dreams.

Happily, there are many ways to help break down the barriers preventing girls from attaining skills. With this in mind, we wanted to share a few organisations (and amazing people) that are helping girls around the world:

  • Gabby Edlin @doublebeewhy is the founder of Bloody Good Period. @bloodygoodperiod provide period supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them.
  • Amika George @AmikaGeorge campaigns to end period poverty for schoolgirls from low-income families with her https://www.freeperiods.org/ and raises awareness on Twitter with the hashtag #FreePeriods.
  • Coderdojo.com is a global network of free computer programming clubs for young people. You can become a volunteer at your local dojo or, if there isn’t a Coderdojo in your area, you can start one! STEMettes run events, panels, hackathons to ignite girls’ interest in STEM subjects across the UK. This year they’ve partnered with Monster Jobs to offer #MonsterConfidence in 6 locations across the UK and Germany.

All of these amazing initiatives are providing girls with opportunities to attain skills for employability and help them mature into amazing women. Check out the link below to find out more about this day and how you can help: http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/index.shtml

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Jul 4
Jul 4

Summer Scavenger Hunt!

The school holidays have arrived, the sunshine is (supposedly) here to stay and we thought what better way to celebrate than to give you guys the chance to win LOADS of prizes in our Summer Scavenger Hunt! 🔎

Every Monday we will set you a task based all around Azoomee and everything in the app. You’ll have to work your way through our educational games, watch some of our fav vids and test your internet safety knowledge in our online quizzes. It’s a great way to explore screen time as a family. If you join us on a Monday to take part in our weekly challenges you will be in with a chance to win lots of Azoomee goodies!

And there’s is more… If you complete the challenge each Monday, at the end of the 6-week summer holiday, you’ll be put into a prize draw to win the Scavenger Award and a very special prize, which you do not want to miss out on! The Azoomee app can be downloaded for free from the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore so you won’t need to spend any money to take part.

Worried about the kids spending the whole of the holidays on their tablet or phone? Azoomee time is so much more than screen time – it’s a way to learn new skills like coding, dance and football, to practice safe online behaviour and stay in touch with family and friends safely. As well as instilling the values of being smart safe and kind online, Azoomee contains no ads, algorithms or hidden in-app purchases… just great entertainment for kids. It’s the perfect addition to your child’s summer holiday! 🌞

So make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the challenges which will be posted each Monday on our social channels. Happy summer holidays everybody and good luck! 🍀

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Mar 5
Mar 5

We’ve teamed up with Guinness World Records® to bring videos of record-breaking achievements to Azoomee!

Get ready to discover the world’s tallest, shortest, fastest, longest, oldest and most incredible things on the planet on Azoomee! Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements since 1955, has partnered with Azoomee to give children access to videos of some of the most interesting and inspiring (or at least ambitious!) record holders on the planet within our safe, ad-free app.

The first videos will be live from 30th March 2018, just in time to enjoy over the Easter holidays, from the fastest moonwalker to the team who completed the most backflips off a wall in one minute! New Guinness World Records videos will then be added weekly for children to enjoy and learn from in a fun and entertaining way.

“Guinness World Records videos provide inspiring, factual and entertaining content that teaches children about practice, perseverance and learning through experiences. Values we hold dear at Azoomee and we believe are fundamental for children growing up in such fast-changing times. We are thrilled to have Guinness World Records on board.” – Estelle Lloyd, Co-founder, Azoomee.

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Mar 3
Mar 3

Science Week at Azoomee – Experimentation and the Power of Persistence!

British Science Week is here and we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our brand-new series Jiwi’s Machines on Azoomee.

Jiwi’s Machines celebrates the wacky, wonderful world of science and engineering!

Watch as Jiwi creates all kinds of crazy contraptions to carry out simple everyday tasks. Not only will kids have fun watching how the inventions all come together but they can also learn about the principles of simple machines.

Engaging children in fun activities is the perfect way to introduce new concepts, so we have created three fun activities for you to try at home, all inspired by Jiwi’s Machines:

  1. Learn more about simple machines and create your own crazy contraption!
  2. Teach your kids about fulcrums and levers whilst creating our mini marshmallow catapult!
  3. Find out about the force of friction whilst experimenting with inclined planes.

Science activities are fantastic opportunities for our children to learn about the world around them, but did you know that they also promote a whole host of other beneficial skills?

  • Experimenting with scientific themes encourages children to be critical thinkers and to question how and why things happen or work. This curiosity is at the core of wanting to be an engaged learner.
  • Science is hands on and experiential which has been proven to be one of the most effective ways for children to apply knowledge and understanding.
  • Carrying out a science activity is also a great way to tie in different subjects. For example, mathematical understanding has an important role to play when children are measuring and recording the results they find.
  • Aside from the technical skills of carrying out scientific enquiry, experimentation encourages children to be persistent. Science and engineering rarely works out the way you would expect it to the first-time round, and so trial and error play a huge part in developing scientific understanding!

 

Can’t wait to watch Jiwi’s Machines with your kids? Download Azoomee now and get started!

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Mar 2
Mar 2

Happy International Women’s Day!

All week we’ve been celebrating the women in Azoomee. From inventors to explorers, great grans to spacewomen. Do you have a favourite?

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Meet Alice from Litterbugs the Movie Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, Alice is a young inventor and pint-sized superhero who defeats the town bullies and finds an unexpected friendship. See the full short film on Azoomee.

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Say hello to Gran! One of the stars of our online safety video series, Search it Up. Gran is not your typical grandmother, but quite trendy and up-to-date with the world of technology and social media. She is a steadying figure who makes an effort to relate to Maya and Jack, while helping them navigate the online world. Gran doesn’t always have all the answers, but she’s happy to be a guiding hand and learn with the kids.

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Here is a brilliant astronaut from our Lottie Dolls game. We love Lottie Dolls and whole-heartedly support their values of inclusivity; empowering children to be themselves, to be imaginative, adventurous and – most of all – to have fun. We are incredibly proud to have them on Azoomee.

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Meet Indiara – a girl who loves to collect ancient artefacts. Indiara has to get 8 gold skulls that are hidden in a cave full of traps! And to make matters worse, a gigantic rock is chasing Indiara! Will you escape the cave? Play now on Azoomee.

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Meet Princess Goldblade, she must fight against dangerous waters in a classic jump and run game. Gather diamonds and avoid the creatures lurking in the waters. Find the most logical solutions and test your speed, accuracy and reactions to master all levels in this fun jump and collect game.

If there are any other characters you’d like to see on Azoomee, we’d love to hear! Tweet us @azoomeekids

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Safer Internet Day 2018
Feb 2
Feb 2

Azoomee featured in Parental Controls Safety Series for Safer Internet Day

Today (February 6, 2018) marks Safer Internet Day 2018. At Azoomee, this is a year round event and we’ve got parents, teachers and children covered with videos and free resources to help everyone stay smart, safe and kind online. You can view our videos and free resources on our Safer Internet Day page.

Safer Internet Day aims to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The global campaign is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

This year’s slogan is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”, and people are encouraged to get involved with the #SID2018 social media campaign. There are over 900 supporters across the country, including schools and colleges, businesses, government organisations and police forces.

To help promote Safer Internet Day, Mobile Phones Direct launched a parental controls blog series, with advice and tips on keeping your children safe online from leading experts. Azoomee was named as one of the best parental control apps by the founder of My Gator Watch, Colleen Wong. Colleen appreciates our safe instant messaging as it allows children to do what they would naturally want to do, but in a more controlled environment.

Promoting safe online activity for children is at the heart of Azoomee, whilst providing fun, educational and entertaining puzzles, games and activities for children of all ages. When designed with young people and their safety at the core, children’s online experiences don’t have to be comprised; our instant messaging function allows children to message friends and family in a safe manner.

To view Mobile Phones Direct’s parental control guides, please visit the Mobile Phones Direct website.

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E Safety with Azoomee and Pobble
Feb 4
Feb 4

How our friends at Pobble promote e-safety

In this time of continuous technological advancement, it’s essential that schools and families are equipped with the best resources to keep their children safe and provide them with the knowledge to empower themselves.

It’s vital for schools to address online safety through a whole school approach. Providing safe educational platforms that build staff confidence and raise awareness for pupils and parents to promote safe behaviour online is the way forward. Platforms such as Pobble do just that, which is why Azoomee was proud to be able to partner with Pobble for Safer Internet Day to share our online safety resources with their community.

What is Pobble?

Teachers use Pobble to find the best teaching resources, to give pupils an audience for their work, and to make moderation of writing easier. For pupils, the platform offers a fantastic opportunity to engage with their peers. For parents, it provides a unique way to connect with their child’s learning journey. And all this is done in a safe, moderated online environment.

Promoting positivity with Pobble

Pobble allows teachers to share their pupils’ creative writing. This gives them an audience and a real purpose to write. The best part is that pupils of any age can independently and – importantly – safely interact with one another by commenting on the writing shared. Pobble guides pupils to give good quality feedback and encourages positive interaction, which is one of the best ways to motivate children to produce improved work. Promoting positivity amongst peers and providing indispensable skills.

Aiding E-safety and Internet use

As a teacher founded education company, Pobble ensures that their users of all ages stay safe. Teacher accounts are verified, comments on work are moderated, and it’s easy to flag something that you might like to hear a little less.

Teachers regularly say that using Pobble is a hugely valuable ‘dress rehearsal’ for the daunting world of the internet. Pupils actively contribute content, instead of just interacting with it and the children’s work is at the heart of the platform. This is what makes Pobble such an impactful platform in engaging children in reading and writing.

To find out about topics, children can quickly jump on to Pobble to search themes or specific text genres, in much the same way that we, as adults, would nip on to Google. By interacting with others on Pobble, pupils learn what is and isn’t appropriate and safe. All comments left on Pobble are checked by the Pobble team. All comments made by each of their pupils can be tracked by teachers and celebrated.

Finding the best e-safety resources

Azoomee and Pobble have recently partnered to bring educators the best Internet safety resources. Pobble allows you to search teaching resources from the best providers including the BBC, Teachit Primary and Hamilton Trust. Type ‘e-safety’, safer internet or whatever else you’re teaching about in the search bar to discover great teaching ideas and ready-made lessons.

Pobble: a global community of teachers, pupils, families and. Join for free today: https://www.pobble.com/welcome

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