Love Selena Gomez?

September 25, 2008

kajeet users seem to!

We recently collaborated with Warner Brothers to make an exclusive Another Cinderella Story ringtone and wallpaper available on kajeet phones – free to kajeet customers.  Plus, Warner has contributed both the movie soundtrack and some other giveaways for a sampling of the kids that download the free content.

Have a kajeet phone?  Check it out!

Is your kid interested in the movie?  The Warner Brothers official Another Cinderella Story website is here.  And the Common Sense Media review of it is here.

Have you and your kids seen the movie already?  What’s your review?

Text That Grade!

September 15, 2008

by Daniel Neal

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Lots of people in the US look to the UK to try and predict what cell phone trends might be coming our way. We’re among that crowd.

So it caught our eye when Cellular News reported that the UK Government’s education technology agency, Becta, conducted a survey that showed over two-thirds of parents want their schools to use texting and the Internet to communicate with them more frequently. Now there’s an idea.

It really is a sign that time marches on. Our kids keep getting older (amazingly, mine just entered 4th and 6th grades), and parents are increasingly likely to be Gen X-ers with MySpace pages (and a fondness for texting). Gen Y parents of middle-schoolers are not so far behind…

As a certified Baby Boomer, I confess that I still like getting those hard-copy school updates and reports in my kids’ “backpack mail.” But if my kids’ teachers have something important to tell me, they can text me all they want…

Content Standards

September 12, 2008

by Carol Politi

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Developing solid content standards was one of our priorities when launching kajeet. We wanted to make sure we offered games, ringtones, wallpapers, and other content that was interesting and also age appropriate for the kids and families we serve.

While there are no industry-wide mobile content standards for this age group, plenty of other industries have established media standards and guidelines. In developing the kajeet standards, we relied in part upon the work done by other industry groups, including MPAA/CARA, TV Parental Guidelines, ESRB, and RIAA. We also referred to the CARU standards for kids under 12 – both to help guide content selection and to guide how we manage content on our mobile storefront.

I’d like to see more independent organizations start to cover mobile. One website that I like – and use all the time to manage media in my own house – is Common Sense Media. While it does not yet cover mobile, the Common Sense web site is a great place to go to get a feel for whether certain movies, games, music or TV shows are appropriate for your child and your family.

In addition to the industry resources mentioned above, we also rely on our customers to help guide what’s appropriate. If you see content on kajeet that you do not think is appropriate for tweens, or would like to see more of certain types of content, please contact us.

by Daniel Neal

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One of our good friends out in the blogosphere, Michelle Lamar – and her friend, Molly Wendland – just published their new book, “The White Trash Mom Handbook“.  We are very excited for Michelle and Molly.  Their book is right there for sale on the Big Table Up Front at our local Barnes & Noble.  Any parent who can find the time to achieve that is a big deal.

Michelle, who is a serious parenting  guru in our book (and lots of fun to read), is one of the earliest kajeet supporters.  Now, because kajeet was founded by parents, and most (though not quite all) of us who work here are parents, we pay attention to parental publishing events like this.

Learn a littel more about Michelle and her world at whitetrashmom.com.  We’re wishing Michelle huge success with her new book!

For those who don’t live near a Barnes & Noble, or who just want to save a car trip, you can get a copy here on good ol’ Amazon.

We’re hoping Michelle and Wendy find time for a book tour that takes them to some very relaxing, non-trashy places…

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