For those parents struggling to get their children off their electronic devices and screen this summer, there’s good news. According to new reports, there’s a new product that is about to hit shelves that is not only a screen-fee smart toy, but also a new way to help keep kids active.
Called Storyball, the toy is a revolutionary interactive smart ball that encourages children to keep active and playful throughout the summer months. The toy consists of a base console and changeable, characterized “skins,” features intelligent sensory technology that can identify over 100 different gestures and movements from a child.
It features characters from some of the highest-rated animated television shows of today, including Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol, GUNK Aliens and Magic Ballerina. In addition to these three animated series, the team behind Storyball has also created three adventurous characters: “Agent Ayo,” “Pepper the Bear” and “Sesame the Unicorn” to provide the perfect Storyball experience for any child at anytime.
The toy’s makers believe that Storyball will help keep children actively engaged while encouraging imagination, empathy, and collaboration as well as accelerating their cognitive development assists physical, social, cognitive and emotional development. With the Storyball, kids can use their imagination or complete cool challenges, take fun quizzes, and go on adventures featuring their favorite characters. They can easily go on a secret mission with Agent Ayo or jam to their favorite hits with Pepper the Bear at anytime.
Many statistics show that more and more children are becoming hooked on electronic devices and are actually spending more time in front of their screens than outdoors, leading to problems such as childhood obesity, mental health issues, and poor social and communication skills.
In fact, researchers have found that more and more children are being over-stimulated by their smart phones and too much screen time. Health experts even compare it to a new digital “drug addiction.” As use increases, so does the risk of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, and thoughts of suicide.
Furthermore, teens who use electronic devices more than two hours per day report significantly more mental health symptoms, increased psychological distress, and other mental health issues.
In addition, studies have shown that children with ADHD symptoms spend more hours engaged in screen time activities than children without ADHD.