UPDATE: JumpStart is currently multiplayer, with a safe canned chat function available.
Here at JumpStart, we’re always looking for new ways to make learning fun for kids. And since kids love playing with their friends, we’ve decided to let kids play and learn together at JumpStart.com! So dust off your party hat…because in just a few weeks, kids will be able to see and interact with each other inside the world at JumpStart.com.
With this exciting new feature, your child will be able to celebrate his or her achievements with friends by sharing all the cool accessories and extras earned for completing learning games! Plus, the new interactive world will soon have organized events to teach teamwork and more.
Because you’ve chosen JumpStart for your child, we know that learning and safety are very important to you. We have compiled the following important FAQs to help you better understand how these new features will enhance your child’s learning adventure with JumpStart:
Will my child be safe?
Of course! Your child’s Jumpee (personalized avatar) will only be identified by its special Jumpee name (for example, “Sandra SpeedySnake”), and no personal information will ever be shared. Plus, only 25-30 Jumpeez will be interacting at JumpStart.com at a time. We feel that this provides a calmer, more controlled environment for your child to learn and play in.
How do the Jumpeez communicate with each other?
The Jumpeez interact through dance moves and emoticons (super-cool smiley faces). We recognize the potential dangers of unrestrained “free chat” and that the challenge of typing words can be frustrating for children this age. To keep everyone safe, we have restricted communication to dancing and facial expressions. Soon, we will have “canned chat,” which will allow players to choose from age-appropriate, pre-selected phrases and greetings to send to each other.
What are the benefits?
We thought you’d never ask! First and most importantly, these new features provide incentives for your child to continue playing the learning games at JumpStart.com. By interacting with other Jumpeez, your child will see all the cool new things their hard-earned coins can earn. Nothing motivates better than the possibility of having tiger-striped skin or an awesome new set of antennae to spruce up your Jumpee! Your child will be able to celebrate learning successes by dressing up with friends – such fun!
Plus, your child will build confidence and learn teamwork while making friends and working with others to accomplish missions in the online world. We’ve got all sorts of exciting events planned that will give Jumpeez everywhere the chance to work together and accomplish amazing feats!
Stay tuned to the JumpStart blog for updates on when you can expect your new friends to appear at JumpStart.com – it should be by the end of July!
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