Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 22nd 2015 Contents A30
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So yes, there must be a balance
between screen time and real-world
time, but we must also be ready to
lead an understanding of screen man-
agement and content exploration.
I d spent much of the last year hov-
ering over a young shoulder, halting
surprise excursions into dubious con-
tent before discovering YouTube Kids,
for instance. Unlike the standard
YouTube app for tablets and phones
created to source popular posts to the
video website, this version limits
what s available to young eyes.
It won t work for tweens who will
quickly recognise the "kiddieness" of
the software, but up to around age
seven, it should provide a good gate-
keeper for some of the more suspect
material on YouTube.
Some software looks good but turns
out to be a dead-end. So called
"appisodes" try to repurpose existing
video content into interactive game
timelines with puzzles embedded in
They are as annoying as television
content that tries to mimic interac-
tivity by prompting viewer interaction,
rather like a soca singer trying to
drum up crowd response to a dud
They are neither truly interactive
nor are they particularly entertaining.
Most offer little replayability.
Amazon s Kindle offers a pleasant
The Kindle app allows access to
your digital library across a range of
devices and the company has been
quietly building a large library of chil-
dren s books.
Most of the books are cheap, some
of them absurdly so. It s not uncom-
mon to find digitised books selling
for between US$0.99 and $2.99 that
are worth far more.
But shop carefully and read cus-
tomer reviews, because some are not
only rubbish, they are formatted badly
and display poorly.
There are basically two kinds of
Amazon children s book, those with
images formatted with text and those
which are scans of full book pages.
Both display well on tablets, but
scanned books are often just too big
and unwieldy for the smaller screens
These are books that are designed
to be read, unlike digital books, which
usually are packaged with their own
The days of trusting a screen to act
as a palliative for a small child are
over and turning them off isn t teach-
ing anything useful either.
The challenge for parents in 2015
is stock these new devices with care-
fully selected software and then teach
children how to navigate them effec-
tively and without distraction.
'There must be balance
between screen time,
Star Wars: Episode VIII
to begin London filming
Star Wars: The Force Awakens star
John Boyega has told fans filming on
the next episode will start in London
in the next few weeks.
The 23-year-old made a surprise
appearance after a screening of the latest
film in Brixton where he spoke to fans.
The Peckham-born actor said he was
"so happy" to work on the next instal-
The movie is poised to smash box
office records in the UK, having already
set a record for a first weekend in North
Boyega appeared at several London
cinema screenings of the film on Sunday
night, including Brixton s Ritzy and the
Odeon in Greenwich.
Appearing as the end credits started
at the Ritzy, he told the packed audience:
"It s an alright film, innit?"
He added: "I have been doing some
pop-ups at several different cinemas all
over London and I definitely had to come
to Brixton since I m from down the road
"So I just wanted to say a big thank
you to everyone for coming out and
supporting this movie. The movie is
yours now and I really hope you enjoyed
it and we are so happy to be starting on
Episode Eight in a few weeks in London
and it is going to be fun.
"May the force be with you always."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought
in $238m (£159m) over the weekend in
North America, easily surpassing the
previous opening record set by Jurassic
World, which drew $208.8m (£140.1m)
Disney has announced Star Wars:
Episode VIII is due to hit cinema screens
on 26 May, 2017.
Rian Johnson, known for time-travel
film Looper, has been confirmed as the
writer and director.
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