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TimeoutIQ App Allows Parents to Remotely Manage Kids’ Screen Time and Helps them Learn Something Too

TORONTO, Ontario -- Kids' screen time has soared during the pandemic, yet parents are reluctant to restrict it because it's their primary way of learning, socializing and playing. TimeoutIQ has the solution. It helps parents to subtly manage screen time, and challenges kids with educational content at their grade level while playing games, watching videos or engrossed in social media.

And, a child's health and development are critical in a digital world. In fact, the Canadian Paediatric Society provides recommendations to parents that include:

* Be present and engaged when screens are used and, whenever possible, co-view with children.

* Be aware of content and prioritize educational, age-appropriate and interactive programming.

* Use parenting strategies that teach self-regulation, calming and limit-setting.

TimeoutIQ checks all the boxes.

"It's kind of like a child supervisor and personal tutor all in one," Shawn Desouza, app developer, says.

The app is designed to monitor kids in kindergarten through eighth grade and has a new content library based on the Ontario Elementary School Curriculum; it was compiled by teachers and education coaches.

"The app has questions and challenges meant to make the child stop and think. The benefit of doing this is to distract and interrupt the child's recreational screen time - stuff like games, videos, social media - and acts as a refresher to what they're studying at school," Desouza, says.

It helps to keep their minds sharp as the app uses interactive STEM education-based gamification challenges.

And while parents may think they know what their child is doing, some research proves otherwise. An article published in the July issue of "Pediatrics," reports that tracking software revealed kids were accessing tons of apps classified for adults - like horror apps with scary characters, first-person shooter games and other media - and parents didn't know it.

The TimeoutIQ app also has an automated scheduler which allows parents to monitor their children every day between specific hours (e.g., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.). There's a free version and two premium paid versions.

"We've had more than 5,000 installs since launching in August 2020, with a rising number of paid subscribers," Desouza says.

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Perigee Fund Invests in 2020 Mom, Executive Director Joins from Cigna

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- 2020 Mom has been awarded a significant multi-year capacity investment by the Perigee Fund, a philanthropic organization focused in supporting early parenting, so families can thrive.

Effective August 1, 2020 Mom's Board of Directors is pleased to hire Joy Burkhard, MBA, the organization's founder, as its full-time Executive Director. Joy will be departing Cigna after nearly 25 years, where she has held leadership roles in supporting regulatory compliance and quality improvement efforts.

"It's been an honor to work for Cigna, where I have learned about the complex U.S. healthcare system which has enabled me to understand the gaps in our system," said Burkhard. "I'm incredibly grateful for Perigee's investment in 2020 Mom; as a mother and health and well-being change agent, I'm very much looking forward to both having more time with my family and putting 100% of my professional energy and heart into driving more change through the powerful organization, 2020 Mom."

About Perigee Fund

Perigee Fund seeks to expand access to infant and early childhood mental health care and to strengthen support for parents and caregivers who are foundational to children's development. Learn more:

About 2020 Mom

2020 Mom is a social change 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization driving systems and policy change to close gaps in maternal and mental health care. Learn more:

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Go Online, Help Scientists Understand Child Development

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Parents and children can help scientists understand how the young mind grows and changes-all from home! Children Helping Science ( from the Parent Researcher Collaborative connects families to hundreds of web-based studies of child development and brain function.

"It's like the Hubble telescope of child development," says Laura Schulz, Ph.D., an MIT researcher who is one of six lead partners on the project. "There were telescopes before Hubble, but no common resource that allowed such a deep, focused exploration. In the same way, Children Helping Science is a massive leap forward for research on cognition, a new platform that will transform the field."

For parents, using the website is easy: from the homepage select the age of your child to see a list of studies, then choose the studies you're interested in. There are studies for children of all ages as well as parents. All the activities are entirely online, so they can be done at any time of day - whenever works best for the child's schedule.

By aggregating dozens or hundreds of studies in one place, the project aims to greatly increase the number of people who participate. "Finding enough children is always the greatest hurdle in a study," says Schulz, who also anticipates that having studies more easily accessible will help bring in new participants, especially from families who might not have time or resources to travel for studies in person.

The website welcomes any researcher to list their study. The site was created and managed by Elizabeth Bonawitz at Rutgers University-Newark; Hyowon Gweon at Stanford; Julian Jara-Ettinger at Yale; Candice Mills at the University of Texas Dallas; Laura Schulz at MIT; and Mark Sheskin at Minerva Schools.

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Camp EDMO Announces Comprehensive After School Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Camp EDMO(TM), a leading Bay Area non-profit offering STEAM and SEL oriented After School and Summer Camp Programs, announced that it is making its Comprehensive After School Programs, which encompass 180 days of the school year, available to Bay Area schools. The programs are customized to each school's individual needs and ideal for providing on-campus homework support, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities and Social Emotional Skill (SEL) building.

"Several factors set our Comprehensive After School Programs apart," said Kendra Watkins, Senior School Year Program Manager for Camp EDMO(TM). "First, we are able to customize our program to each school's critical needs, whether it is making more time for homework or engaging kids in after school learning activities. Second, our program can help kids become better, more prepared students, often without even realizing it because we make it fun for them. Third, we supplement what's being taught in the classroom, easing the burden for teachers."

Currently, Camp EDMO(TM) is operating a Comprehensive After School Program at Ruby Bridges Elementary in Alameda. The program has helped ease the school's challenges of low test scores and daily disruptions that were getting in the way of student learning.

Proper science education, especially at the K-8 levels, has long been an issue in the state of California. While science education in California received a state budget boost of $400 million in the 2018-19 school year, the increase didn't factor in teacher training. As a result, it is left up to the teachers to find a way to incorporate science into their curriculum with little to no support, making it difficult for them to adhere to the Next Generation Science Standards implemented by California in 2013. All too often, children are forced to learn science outside of the classroom, making after school programs that offer STEAM activities in a fun, relaxed environment more important than ever.

"By middle school, if children don't enjoy STEM concepts or envision themselves pursuing a STEAM career, the odds that they will do so decline dramatically," said Ed Caballero, Camp EDMO(TM)'s Executive Director and Co-founder. "It starts with exposing kids to STEAM activities at an early age. Our Comprehensive After School Programs offer that much-needed exposure every day of the school year."

About Camp EDMO:

Camp EDMO(TM), powered by Edventure More, a year-round 501(c)(3) non-profit enrichment organization, offers high-quality, high-access STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and SEL (Social Emotional Learning) programs which expose Pre-K to 8th grade kids to the latest scientifically proven methods of whole-child development.

EDMO(TM)'s overarching mission is to develop kids who are curious, courageous and kind, with the intention of creating mindfulness and emotional presence that will carry over to adulthood. It is also committed to making the camp experience and STEAM learning accessible to families who might not otherwise be able to afford it through its equity programs, subsidizing camp costs for lower income families. Learn more at:

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viv, Co. Releases an Application Predicting Baby’s Schedule of Development Milestones by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Supporting Baby-Care

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- viv, Co. (CEO: Kyo Ueda) announced today that they are moving forward with the "BabyLook" project of "visualizing baby's mind" by using baby's facial expression and body information is going to release BabyLook:ver2.0; the application of predicting baby's development.

In this version upgrade, this application analyzes a state of the development of each person's baby and provide the milestones which is the most suitable for each baby because the AI system predicts a future development process.

Therefore, parents and nannies can understand "what" and "when" the growth event occur and get suggestions of how their baby handle the events. Also, they can be freed from the anxiety caused by lack of knowledge and will be able to get "relief."

Implementation Method:
BabyLook uses an AI system for predicting individual babies' development. The AI system predicts individual baby's developments by collecting and analyzing the below information.

Aspects of Collecting Data Information:
1. Daily baby's development events
2. Daily baby-care activities
a. Changing diapers
b. Breastfeeding information
c. Bottle milk information
d. Bath information
e. Crying information
f. Feeding solid food information
3. Daily photos and video data.

The Whole Process:
1. The system defines around 150 milestones for babies up to 24 months of age.
2. The system suggests milestones that are more likely to occur at the moment.
3. Users choose a thing to apply from the milestones as the result.
4. The system suggests individual milestone schedule by analyzing the daily records and the performance of the milestones.

In the whole process 4, we cluster babies by discovering the correlation between the three types of collected data, "growth speed" and "growth individuality (growth events that different from other babies)." Each cluster is possible to prevent what and when the growth event will occur because the cluster analyzes which events occur. Also, the cluster has suggestions information of each growth event, so it is possible to give advice to the users.

Analysis Process of AI:
1. Timing of the growth event occurrence (growth speed)
2. The order of the events occurrence (growth speed)
3. Happen or not happen of the events (developmental personality)
4. Reflect the influence of the baby-care activities (developmental personality)
5. Implementation of the survey (developmental personality)
6. Frequency in occur of daily facial expression (developmental personality).

Application URL is here:

About viv, Co.:
viv, Co. is performing "the visualizing baby's mind project" through an alliance with University of California Los Angeles, University of California Riverside, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Renmin University of China, Kobe University (Japan), Hong Kong Government, the Maekawa Foundation, and over 200 kindergartens, nursery schools and child institutions science 2016. In the project, we studied and discovered a correlation between the baby's facial expression and the developmental trends (differences of growth speed) by locating cameras in the kindergartens and child institutions. We presented the paper of this and applied for a U.S. patent about the AI logic in 2018.

Future Plans:
From 2020, BabyLook creates the platform of supporting childcare and provides not only a family but also the nursing organization and research institutions. Moreover, we collect big data and improve the quality of the solution by connecting nursing devices by using IoT. In the end, we are planning to develop an economic zone about borderless "childcare" covering the world with a Blockchain. viv, Co. is based in Los Angeles, Calif., USA. We intend to raise $1 million over the year.

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