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Piyush Soni .

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Hey Pushstarters!

I have been thinking about this and want feedback for the same.

From the past few weeks, I am seeing parents looking for different ways to engage their children in various activities because of pandemic and staying at home orders.

I am thinking if new startups can design an Engagement Platform for the kids where they can meet their friends and see what they are learning and can join them. šŸ¤”šŸ¤”

Kids can be part of various groups, whichever they are interested in.šŸ¤©

What do you think of this idea? What struggles would a platform like this face?

P.S. It would be basically like Instagram and Fb but only for kids.

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Vishal Dahiya

I have come across a few services in this domain, can't recollect the names at the moment.
They are not necessarily a platform like instagram, but oriented towards child engagement.
Even at Surprise Planners we have done various engagement events forkids virtually.
Each kid gets to pick a thing, and we design it for everyone in different time slots.
We also have amazing activity curators in the domains like art, dance, story telling etc.
It's fun working with kids!

Piyush Soni

Thats cool. Are you providing these events for kids online or offline??

Vishal Dahiya

online right now since lockdown.

Piyush Soni

Thats cool so how do you manage these! Can you elaborate?

Vishal Dahiya

mostly zoom and google meet.
We get a query, ask for details and then suggest what all can be done.
Then we send in a list of things kids will need during the activities, so they can keep it ready.
Ideally it is whatever is readily available at home.
Then our activity curators go online and engage with the kids.
Once we start re-launching physical hampers, we will be sending boxes with material ready.

Piyush Soni

Can you tell what's your kids audience per event session?

Vishal Dahiya

depends. Anywhere from 4 to 20.
It becomes a bit difficult to give everyone attention beyond that.

Piyush Soni

Thats what I wanted to convey. Can a platform be built where loads and loads of kids can join.

For eg take instagram live, So one kid is doing his activity and others are watching him and following! What do you say?

Vishal Dahiya

again the issue becomes of supervision and curation.
Even in schools we need teachers and mentors to handle kids, I am not sure how we can handle them unmonitored on a platform.
We need to keep it interactive and safe. I've watched Professor Yashpal Sharma on Doordarshan back in time. It's usually been one way communication.
But it's a good thought. Some deep research is needed.

Vishal Dahiya

Moresha Benjamin

As someone who interacts with parents and children on a daily basis, I am witnessing burn out and worsening attention span due to continuous screen time. A lot of offline activities that can be done in the confines of home would be a welcome move.

Piyush Soni

Yes true,that why I thought of this idea as children are the one who don't know what is happening in outside world. They should be involved in activities which relaxes them in some or the other way!

Moresha Benjamin

yes, but offline not online. No screen time..

Piyush Soni

Ok but don't you think implementing it offline would be a tedious task?

Moresha Benjamin

that's where innovation lies, no? Everyone is so busy building stuff online that you are forgetting the basic fundamentals of child growth. If you can mix mediums it will be great. But seeing the screen addiction rate in children it's alarming.

Piyush Soni

I agree with you completely! You are absolutely correct. But in such period, parents dont want their child to even step outside, doing activities is a whole different thing.
What we can do is parents can monitor their child or can set the screen timings!!

Ashutosh Vyas

Being a parent, it's a small dilemma

A free digital engagement platform that has its own demerits (especially for kids)
VS
An offline activity box subscription like Flintobox etc which cost a touch above the average.

Also, the activities have to be such that they r easy to understand by the kids without guidance from parents as parents are burning out as wel Working from Home.

My kid engages in painting, crafts and arts. She makes them. However, the ideas, inspirations etc are drawn from youtube.

A similar mix of technology and traditional non-tech activities would be great I believe.

Piyush Soni

I understood you completely here!! As of now I think online platform is the solution with various light hearted activities! What do you say?

Ashutosh Vyas

the whole dilemma isn't about content but the concept of screen or no screen.

So ..:)

Piyush Soni

Ok I got you!! Offline events would be difficult according to me .
What should be done is parents monitoring the watchtime or watchtime can be set according to parents wish. Like we do on our television!!!

Ashutosh Vyas

ok. Let me give you an amazing example that I like.
My daughter is 10. It was her friend's birthday. A zoom Birthday party was organized by the kid's parents. All the participants were given a list of ingredients to cook a cup cake before hand.

The idea was to live cook with friends over zoom call.All the friends baked the birthday cake at home and consumed it.

Engagement activity, off screen, tech enabled, fun, learning.


It almost ticks all the right boxes for me.


As a parent, I would love such a platform.... Hope that helps

Piyush Soni

Yeah definately its a good idea. Ideas like these should be implemented! Enjoyment plus healthy engagement!!

Amruta Punjabi Gajria

Biggest dilemma is the screen time. Parents are already concerned about the online classes, so there's no question of adding more to it.

Piyush Soni

Yeah true screentime is the issue but parents can set timings! Just as we do with our tv! What do you think??

Amruta Punjabi Gajria

it's actually not helping much. Moreover what children can learn through offline activities, that can never be done online. In today's time a child already has much exposure of online activities. Need of the hour is how we can engage their minds more and make them do activities like craft, maths, book reading, cooking, etc

Piyush Soni

What if we implement the things that you just said right now? Like craft, maths etc.

Amruta Punjabi Gajria

u mean implementing it online?!

Piyush Soni

Yes, just like instagram live session. Someone would do certain activity for example drawing. Others can learn the same!!

Amruta Punjabi Gajria

not a bad idea

DrNeha Savla Shah

Every school is also providing such things.... so you will need 2 identify the cutting edge

Piyush Soni

Not every school but high class private schools may be! Aa far as edge is considered, I think we can incorporate those activities with adds value as craft, drawing, or puzzle game may be .. So as to make it more interactivešŸ™‚

Prasad BharatiĀ 

Age group??

Piyush SoniĀ 

Probably around 5-12 years!!

Prasad BharatiĀ 

Hmm
Ok that can be a good idea and with screen time issue we can reduce the length of the videos but then what can u teach them in less time would be a challenge?? Do you have any ideas??

Piyush SoniĀ 

May be some puzzles, quick craft techniques. Etc... Do you have anything in your mind?

Prasad BharatiĀ 

Ye sab to wo school main bhi krte hai aur YouTube pe bhi hai ye sab chizeein aur freinds ko beech main laaoge to chatting jyaada hogi and nowadays what kids love to do online is playing useless games like pubg.

No offense to pubg

Piyush SoniĀ 

Yeah but thats what the point is school abhi jaa nhi sakte and youtube is not interactive!

Prasad BharatiĀ 

Look if u really wanna create such platform then you'll have to give some worthy knowledge which would be attractive and significant too.

Piyush SoniĀ 

Aur vaise bhi abhi school ke online lectures shuru honge to wo sab dekhne ke baad mujhe nhi lgta bacche ye aapka app kholke kuch sikhna chaahenge unless it's attractive (for Them) crafts jaisi cheezein..uk are boring atleast for me.

Prasad BharatiĀ 

Its not my appšŸ˜…. I am just having a discussion, can we do these things

Piyush SoniĀ 

Can we implement these things. Thats it! You get my point??

Prasad BharatiĀ 

Ik it's not ur appšŸ˜€wo to general baat kar rha tha mai. Yes i got ur point and my answer is no

Piyush SoniĀ 

ok got it!!

Pradyumndev JodhaĀ 

Check Roblox

Piyush SoniĀ 

Yeah but includes the gaming part. Can't we include anything that is good as well as adds value to the kids!!!

Shruti Agrawal

My only point as a parent is to send out activities for both parent and child without screen so that both are happy and it becomes engaging. I am doing the same with my daughter and also passing a few to my friends. Right now I have run out of ideas and I would live to joun such forums which can give non screen based engagements

Piyush SoniĀ 

Yeah majority of the people have screen related issues here. I think entrepreneurs have to keep that in mindšŸ˜„

Shruti Agrawal

IndeedĀ :)

Reshma Budhia

Honestly I just want my kids to have their normal life back... And I wouldn't let next few quarters be the reason to get them into screen habits that I would regret later.

Piyush Soni

Ok fair enough!!

I am not saying that you are wrong but if screen timings are properly monitored by parents, kids can learn a lot of things as well as pass their time

Reshma Budhia

Agreed and for that quota of screen timing there is already enough coming from school plus a bit of games that they play... I am not in favour of introducing anything else to them... Especially if it's built on the premise of the pandemic... Pandemic is temporary but habits become permanent.

As adults we find it hard to break out of social media habits, we begin to believe in virtual friends more than real.... Imagine how it will impact kids?

Ashu Srivastava

My opinion around these sorta ideas swings on a no no side.

Nothing to do with an idea in specific, but letting kids stare at a mobile or laptop screen at such a nascent stage isnā€™t really an idea i hang upon.

People already are putting a boulder of e-learning apps in the name of education, on soft shoulders and Iā€™m highly against this idea to let kids increase their screentime in the name of leisure engagement.

Think of it in a long run, kids slowly will loose their vision and understanding over how an actual outside adventure and activity looks like!

An entire mobile application engagement will certainly build value but then on the other hand will be the baseline for letting them stuck to their screens all day!

Iā€™m speaking this off with an experience.
Little kids below and around 10-12 yrs of age are typically under complete influence of iPads, laptops and in some cases they possess their own personal devices.

Itā€™s better to let kids realise the value of staying at home which Iā€™m sure is temporary so when they get the next chance to pull their socks up, they release sweat and engage in some real world tasks and not on screens.

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