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Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart® Online!

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart® Online!

Spring 2013 DVD
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
DVD Price: $29.99
Review:

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Online! is an educational product aimed at children in grades K through 4. The theme, online safety, is a crucial one to introduce as children engage in online and mobile technologies at an ever-younger age.

Popular Disney characters Timon and Pumbaa (introduced in The Lion King and stars of their own animated series) drive home the basics of keeping personal information private. They manage to do it in a way that is simultaneously straightforward and humorous. They cover safety strategies for social media sites such as chat rooms, where personal information is easily shared, and on gaming sites, where less-obvious but equally-dangerous data-sharing can take place. This short program also addresses cyber-bullying, and points out that whatever words or images you share online are likely to stay there forever, leaving a dangerous, or at the very least embarrassing, cyber-footprint.

It's all done in an upbeat and entertaining way, but the jovial tone in no way diminishes the importance of the lesson. That's no surprise coming from Disney, who is adept at this kind of infotainment approach in its educational products.

The main content of Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Online! runs 12 minutes long, but the DVD also includes bonus extras including a sing-along that reinforces the program's theme; a public service announcement about online safety; and a downloadable user's guide with web links. The program also offers up a whopping 16 different language options ranging from English, Spanish, French and Chinese to Danish, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Castillian!

If you're introducing your children or students to online and mobile technologies, then Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Online! is a succinct and witty introduction to safe and responsible online behavior.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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Disney Educational Productions
http://www.disneyeducation.com
Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008REC4Q4/parentschoice-20

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