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Sing-a-zoo Karaoke Contest

To Enter; Eligibility:  The Zigazoo Talent Search Contest is brought to you by Zigazoo, Inc. To be eligible for this contest, you must (a) submit a video response to the contest challenge, and (b) be a registered user of Zigazoo (including legal bound by our terms of services located at: https://www.zigazoo.com/terms-of-service), and (c) be based in the United States. If a prize is won by a minor, it will be awarded to a parent or legal guardian on the minors’ behalf. Full-time Zigazoo employees and members of their immediate families are not eligible for this contest. Talent, partners, and creators with channels are also not eligible.  Zigazoo may reject any entries that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, fail to meet any of these eligibility requirements.  To be eligible you must agree to abide by these terms and conditions, and be bound by all Zigazoo decisions relating to this contest, which are final and binding in all respects, including but not limited to Zigazoo’s determination of the winners.

Prizes: 1 winner to get a Singing Machine karaoke machine of Zigazoo’s choosing. The winners are each responsible for the payment of all taxes associated with the receipt of any Prize.  No substitution or transfer of Prizes permitted. If the prize is ‘Zigabucks’ – you acknowledge and agree that the Zigabucks and their use is also governed by the terms located at: https://www.zigazoo.com/terms-of-service. Winner’s Zigazoo challenge creation will go live at the discretion of Zigazoo and on dates and times determined by Zigazoo.

Winner Selection: The winning entries will be selected by a panel of Zigazoo judges based on a mix of creativity, likes, and views. The decision of the judges is final. If any winner is unable to accept his/her Prize within 15 days and provide requested Zigazoo items, including personal information for tax and funding purposes, Zigazoo will automatically disqualify such winner. The Prizes will only be awarded to the winners who comply with these rules. If requested by Zigazoo, winners must execute a Zigazoo provided winner’s affidavit.

The decision of the judges is final. If any winner is unable to accept his/her Prize and provide requested Zigazoo items including personal information for tax and funding purposes, Zigazoo will automatically disqualify such winner and will select another winner (based on Zigazoo’s decision).  If Zigazoo does not hear from a potential winner for 14 days (12/16/2022) Zigazoo will select another winner (based on Zigazoo’s decision). The Prizes will only be awarded to the winners who comply with these rules.

Announcement of the Winner: The name of the Prize winners may be announced after 12/02/2022 in-app and via media channels.

Limitations of Liability: BY ACCEPTING THE PRIZE, A WINNER AGREES THAT THE PRIZE IS AWARDED ON THE CONDITION THAT ZIGAZOO AND ITS PARTNERS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES AND EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION OR USE OF THE PRIZE. The winners further acknowledge that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee (express or implied, in fact or in law) in connection with the prize or the use or enjoyment of the prize.  THE PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY SORT, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.

General Conditions: If any provision of this Official Contest Rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these rules shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. Zigazoo reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest or to be acting in violation of these rules. If Zigazoo determines, in its sole discretion, that the on-line portion of the contest is compromised by virus, bug, robot entries, or other corruption of the administration, security or proper play of the contest, then, at its sole discretion, Zigazoo can cancel this contest. In the event of any non-compliance with any requirement stated herein, a winner’s prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. This contest is governed by and shall be construed under the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without regard to the conflicts of law provisions therein. The parties hereby irrevocably consent to exclusive jurisdiction or, and venue in, the state and federal courts in California.  If required by Zigazoo, all any claim will be subject to final and binding arbitration in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (using the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures if available). Arbitration will take place in California. Prizes will only be sent to a U.S. address.   Prizes will be subject to all applicable US taxes and withholding. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by any relevant federal, state or local law, including but not limited to jurisdictions with laws that would require registration, disclosure, filing, trust account, or posting of a bond, or any other requirements that are not satisfied.


How to Film Your Zigazoo Consent Video

How to Film Your Zigazoo Consent Video

Why do you need Parental Consent?
The parental consent verification is one of the many steps we take in order to ensure Zigazoo is safe and friendly for your child. With our consent process, we are able to verify that your child has your permission to use our app. Zigazoo is KidSAFE COPPA Certified. If you’re having trouble filming your parental consent video, we’ve included some step-by-step instructions on how to make a video below.

Step 1: Click Get Verified
Head to the Zigazoo app and go to your profile page. Under your username and photo, click the button that says ‘Get Verified.’

Step 2: Choose Verify with Video
Zigazoo now has two different options in order to get verified. There is the video option at the credit card option. Filming your video is free and takes less than 30 seconds!

Step 3: Enable Your Camera & Microphone
The consent video requires both a camera and microphone. If they’re already enabled, you can skip step 3. If not, go to your phone’s settings and make sure you’ve enabled both for the Zigazoo app.


Step 4: Record Your Consent Video
Follow the prompt and make sure both you and your child speak and are visible on the screen!

Step 5: Submit!
Once your video is recorded, hit submit! If you want your video to be private, click the green toggle on the bottom right corner. If you need to rerecord, click the white x on the bottom left corner.

Step 6: Confirm Your Submission
All done? Click “Yes!” Once we’ve seen and approved the video, your child will be able to start making Zigazoo videos!


Still having trouble?

We are here to help! Email us at support@zigazoo.com.


Zigazoo Talent Search Contest

To Enter; Eligibility:  The Zigazoo Talent Search Contest is brought to you by Zigazoo, Inc. To be eligible for this contest, you must (a) submit a video response to the contest challenge, and (b) be a registered user of Zigazoo (including legal bound by our terms of services located at: https://www.zigazoo.com/terms-of-service), and (c) be based in the United States. If a prize is won by a minor, it will be awarded to a parent or legal guardian on the minors’ behalf. Full-time Zigazoo employees and members of their immediate families are not eligible for this contest. Talent, partners, and creators with channels are also not eligible.  Zigazoo may reject any entries that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, fail to meet any of these eligibility requirements.  To be eligible you must agree to abide by these terms and conditions, and be bound by all Zigazoo decisions relating to this contest, which are final and binding in all respects, including but not limited to Zigazoo’s determination of the winners.

Prizes: 1 winner to get a Zigazoo Talent channel for 1 month in 2023. The winners are each responsible for the payment of all taxes associated with the receipt of any Prize.  No substitution or transfer of Prizes permitted. If the prize is ‘Zigabucks’ – you acknowledge and agree that the Zigabucks and their use is also governed by the terms located at: https://www.zigazoo.com/terms-of-service. Winner’s Zigazoo challenge creation will go live at the discretion of Zigazoo and on dates and times determined by Zigazoo.

Winner Selection: The winning entries will be selected by a panel of Zigazoo judges based on a mix of creativity, likes, and views. The decision of the judges is final. If any winner is unable to accept his/her Prize within 15 days and provide requested Zigazoo items, including personal information for tax and funding purposes, Zigazoo will automatically disqualify such winner. The Prizes will only be awarded to the winners who comply with these rules. If requested by Zigazoo, winners must execute a Zigazoo provided winner’s affidavit.

The decision of the judges is final. If any winner is unable to accept his/her Prize and provide requested Zigazoo items including personal information for tax and funding purposes, Zigazoo will automatically disqualify such winner and will select another winner (based on Zigazoo’s decision).  If Zigazoo does not hear from a potential winner for 14 days (1/15/2023) Zigazoo will select another winner (based on Zigazoo’s decision). The Prizes will only be awarded to the winners who comply with these rules.

Announcement of the Winner: The name of the Prize winners may be announced after 1/01/2023 in-app and via media channels.

Limitations of Liability: BY ACCEPTING THE PRIZE, A WINNER AGREES THAT THE PRIZE IS AWARDED ON THE CONDITION THAT ZIGAZOO AND ITS PARTNERS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES AND EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION OR USE OF THE PRIZE. The winners further acknowledge that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee (express or implied, in fact or in law) in connection with the prize or the use or enjoyment of the prize.  THE PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY SORT, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.

General Conditions: If any provision of this Official Contest Rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these rules shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. Zigazoo reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest or to be acting in violation of these rules. If Zigazoo determines, in its sole discretion, that the on-line portion of the contest is compromised by virus, bug, robot entries, or other corruption of the administration, security or proper play of the contest, then, at its sole discretion, Zigazoo can cancel this contest. In the event of any non-compliance with any requirement stated herein, a winner’s prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. This contest is governed by and shall be construed under the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without regard to the conflicts of law provisions therein. The parties hereby irrevocably consent to exclusive jurisdiction or, and venue in, the state and federal courts in California.  If required by Zigazoo, all any claim will be subject to final and binding arbitration in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (using the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures if available). Arbitration will take place in California. Prizes will only be sent to a U.S. address.   Prizes will be subject to all applicable US taxes and withholding. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by any relevant federal, state or local law, including but not limited to jurisdictions with laws that would require registration, disclosure, filing, trust account, or posting of a bond, or any other requirements that are not satisfied.


10 Apps That Are Good For Kids

A Google search for the top apps for kids turns up 1 billion results in less than a second! How am I supposed to know which of these are actually good for my kids? 


Technology can provide amazing opportunities for kids, but I often get frustrated when an app is advertised to support literacy development, but is truly designed to keep kids busy with so many bells and whistles that they never get to the alphabet. Straddling the world of parenting and edtech development has given me insight into the agendas of many of these programs. So when I give my kids a screen, I work hard to protect them from brain drain and offer them tech that is truly healthy, inspiring, and developmentally appropriate.

Just the other day I was trying to select apps to share with my little guys. My first step was to turn to the people I trust most with parenting tips: moms! I reached out to all of the amazing, smart moms I know and asked what apps they love. After consulting my “Mom Team,” Common Sense Media reviews, and playing some games myself (fun!), I whittled it down to this list of recommended apps for each of the following categories. I screened for age appropriateness, educational quality, safety, and the presence of consumerism and adult content.

Creativity

Crayola Create and Play (3+)

All of the bright and bold that you expect from Crayola with the creative process of selecting color shades and textures to draw, with the added surprise of having your drawings come alive! 

Faces iMake (5+)

This direct and simple interface lets kids collage and customize household items into silly faces and pictures, developing a sense of seeing the creative in the everyday and definitely whipping up some laughs along the way!

Coding

Osmo Coding (7+)

With the added layer of physical toys, this program teaches coding with play and fine motor skills, guiding kids through increasing levels of rigor to understand the concept of coding and master very relevant skills in a fun way! 

Tynker (8+)

Tynker teaches coding through games, some native to the app and others that are more well-known like Minecraft and Barbie. It can also be paired with physical toys. Tynker Jr gets even younger kids started with foundational coding skills. 

Literacy

Reading Eggs (6+)

This is a playful series of literacy games arranged in personalized reading journeys. It provides easy toggling between accounts for multiple kids, parental reports, and TONS of content that is well organized and delivered.

Adventure Academy (8+)

This game appeals to older readers through with a cool video-game intervace with exciting graphics, storylines, literacy games, and even a multiplayer option. 

Math

ExploreLearning Reflex (7+)

Focused on fact fluency, this fun app is adaptive to help kids build on what they know. It is also available in several languages!

Mystery Math Town (7+)

You can select the math skills and levels that you want your kids to practice and then they get to travel through a mysterious world, unlocking doors and traveling up and down staircases by solving math equations. It adds adventure to fluency practice. 

Social Media 

Zigazoo (5+)

Kids is the world’s largest and safest social network for kids. Zigazooers watch video challenges created by children’s media brands and talent, then post their own video responses. They can earn badges, send stickers, and get creativity in a safe and educational community!

Messenger Kids (13+)

Kids can chat with parent-approved contacts using filters and fun features. We are wary of data collection practices with this one, but families still recommend it.


2 Tips For Getting Your Kids Off Of TikTok

Tis the season for holiday wishes, gifts and… the gimmies! You know: “Give me this!” “I want that!” The tug of war between letting our kids have agency and keeping their desires in check goes on all year, but it can be especially pronounced in the holiday season. 

How can you get your kids off of TikTok and help them feel empowered this holiday season?

As a special educator, mom of three, and co-founder of Zigazoo, I knew that technology would be in my kids’ futures no matter how conscientiously I tried to limit their screen time and future TikTok consumption. When we created Zigazoo, a social media platform for kids, my husband and I considered what we know from the classroom and our home about how to set up guardrails so that our kids can be empowered and equipped to make healthy and successful choices in the social media world. 

Here are a couple of things that we have learned along the way:

  1. Find safe digital spaces for your kids to run free

    Your kid loves to run and feel free. You don’t lock them in a room to keep them safe, but you also don’t let them take to the street. You enroll them in track or find a nice, safe field and let them have at it. The same goes for video games, websites, and social media — right?! They can CHOOSE to be on social media, but you choose which platform. They should interact with kids in their age group, content should be moderated, and features should encourage positive, healthy behaviors (cough… Zigazoo)!
  2. You choose where they go online, but let them have the how

    Kids can’t always choose what they get to do, but we can at least give them creative freedom to express themselves. They have to clean their rooms, but they can choose to do it in a tutu while blasting the Frozen soundtrack. They have to do their homework, but they can choose to do it under the table while cuddling with their pet lizard. Whatever floats their boat! Their generation is compelled to have a presence on social media; it is a part of the way they feel relevant and connected to their peers, and learn skills that will serve them in their future. 

    It is incredibly important that you choose a platform that you believe is developmentally appropriate for your child. Once you have found a safe place for them to express themselves, you can let them make choices about how they style their profile, how they create their content, and how they portray themselves. Zigazoo provides guidance for youngsters, as they take on the responsibility of making all of these “how” choices, helping them to present themselves and interact with others in positive, healthy, and truly creative ways. 

This is all easier said than done, but it is good practice for us all to help reframe “I WANT THAT!” to “What do you like about that?”. “I want TikTok!” might truly mean “I want to share my creativity with my friends online.” As a parent, you can hear your kids’ voices and structure options that can make them happy AND match the values you’re working so hard to instill. You can give them a place to share their creativity with their friends online that is developmentally appropriate and teaches them to make smart choices. This way, when they are ready for adult ecosystems in the future, they will have plenty of practice making choices that are healthy for themselves and those around them. 

Good luck and happy holidays!

Leah Ringelstein
Director of Education


3 Kid-Friendly Recipes for Healthy Tech Over the Holidays

If there is a family gathering in your future, hooray! I’m sure your grandma missed you! Whether you’re all going to her house or having your Friendsgiving over zoom, there are always loved ones to connect with who cannot be there in person. 

Set the scene for the holidays: if families are lucky enough to be sitting around the same table to celebrate, their phones are most likely sitting with them. The very same thing that can bring distant relatives into the room can take the people sitting next to each other far, far away, as they drift down the rabbit holes of their social media accounts, games, and anything that idle fingers can find to swipe, while Uncle Ricky recounts every detail of his 5-hour layover at the airport.

How can we structure social media to connect rather than distract from family bonds over the holidays? Try these three healthy recipes!

  1. Don’t just hand your kid a phone; give your kids good resources to connect with loved ones
    Tossing a cellphone into a kid’s hands is like rolling the windows down in a speeding car and telling them to put their heads out; the stimulation is overwhelming, the possibilities scattered and endless. If you create a shared experience for your child and the loved one on the other line, they can find one another through the noise and focus on their connection (and I don’t mean their wifi connection ;)) When you can’t be in-person with family, meet them in a digital space! Try filming shared prompts (Zigazoo is a great inspiration for this!) and zipping them to one another ahead of time. Junior and Auntie Rose can laugh about the videos that they swapped of themselves doing the Thanksgiving push-up challenge or stuffing their cheeks full of marshmallows. If Cousin Jack happens to be tech-savvy on the other line, you can pop a link to a game in the chat and can make memories by drawing, quizzing and guessing together in real time. 
  2. Don’t put a phone in your kid’s hand in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner; do it at the right time
    A child’s experience of their world ebbs and flows; they have outward-facing moments and times when they turn inward. Sometimes they respond to structured activities and other times they need free play. Though kids will pretty much stop what they’re doing when offered a screen at any moment, their ability to see beyond the screen to connect with the person on the other side really depends on the timing. At a family gathering, giving a kid a quiet place to jump on Facebook Messenger with their cousins abroad, or carving out time for everyone to sit down together to make the Zoom call can help kids to navigate being present with the person on the other line or the real life activities around them. 
  3. Don’t think kids arrive with good digital etiquette; they need good social manners on phones too
    Let me get old fashioned about this new-world issue for a second: putting a phone to your ear is an alien concept to my kids; they are usually looking their family in the face when they talk on the screen, but they are also bombarded with bells and whistles that blur out the conversation. Explicit and modeled social learning about having eye contact, taking turns in conversation, and asking good questions before dialing-in mitigates the need for me to sit there and coach my kid through a phone call (or scold them for playing with the phone instead of talking to Grandpa). Give them a specific focus for the conversation “Can you please give Grandpa a tour of the Thanksgiving table?” “Can you call Cousin Jose and get the recipe for sweet potatoes?”

I hope that these holidays leave you feeling thankful for the people in your life and the many ways that we have to connect with them. We have all had a wake-up call to the importance of community in the last few years, and however it is that you and your kids see the ones you love this season, I hope that you are able to cultivate deep and meaningful connections.


5 Tips For Raising Good Digital Citizens

Our kids hang out with friends that they’ve never met in person, they have digitally assigned homework starting in Kindergarten, and suddenly iPhones are falling out of their pockets under the monkey bars. Like it or not, they are already Digital Citizens; that is the world they were born into. The focus for them this Digital Citizenship Month (and quite frankly, every month) is to help them become good Digital Citizens, community members adding to the net positive for themselves and others, while using technology to learn and play. Here are some tips from a mom and teacher to help you get them there:

  1. Know where your kids are online
    Before I had kids I would scoff that “people just use screens to babysit their kids!”. Now I appreciatively use screens to babysit my kids! But I know what they’re watching. If it’s interactive, I have tried it out myself to make sure it’s airtight. Plus, when I am done brushing my teeth in peace I look over their shoulder for a while and then we talk about it. What did you see? What was fun? Was there anything that concerned you? They know from the beginning that I’m paying attention and they are not alone online.
  2. Be picky about what apps you let them use
    As we know from the cereal aisle, not everything with a cartoon on it is good for kids! Every app or digital space for kids was made by someone for some reason. Since the kids tech industry has become trendy and lucrative, there are plenty of places for kids to hang out online that are not created by well-intentioned people. Learn more about the technology that you expose your kids to. Find the “whole wheat,” truly educational media developed by parents, teachers, and experts who put your kids’ safety, privacy, and development first.
  3. Set screen expectations with your child each time
    The same pep talks we all have before walking into Target or Walmart (“Stay in the cart!” and “You can’t buy everything you see”), a public bathroom (“Don’t touch ANYTHING!”), or school (“Respect your teacher”and “Do your best”) apply to the digital world too. What are the expectations for this app or website? How can they share their best selves on social media? How long is this screen time going to be (plus a few minutes because the silence is so amazing!). When your child knows what to expect online, they are better prepared for the experience.
  4. Teach your kids to question the digital world
    I was envying my own mom just yesterday, because she got to raise kids before the internet when our childhoods were made only f stuff we could see. Now the seams have burst, and our kids have access to so much beyond that. The sense of possibility that they have is enviable, but they have to know how to navigate it for this to be a positive thing. Not everything you read is the truth. Not everyone you meet has your best interests in mind. Without making them tiny little skeptics, it is time to develop that little voice in their heads that asks good questions. Where did this come from? What is the purpose of this? How can I find out more? How do I feel about this? Be prepared to answer tough questions and encourage curiosity.
  5. Raise good real-life citizens
    If we raise our kids to be good and kind people, they will carry these qualities into the digital world too. When our kids have a strong moral compass, know how to be considerate of others, and are in tune with themselves and the world around them, they will be less likely to get dragged into dark, misinformed content online, buckle silently under the weight of cyberbullying, or spend unhealthy amounts of time on their screens.

The digital world is a part of our kids’ real worlds and we have an amazing (and unprecedented!) responsibility to raise the digital citizens who will lead our future. Imagine how cool our kids will be when they have evolved beyond our experimental generation and are building the digital world into a truly creative, kind, and innovative place!