Games for children on the Internet

Almost 75% of the German population is equipped with computers and internet. In the meantime, the Internet is now part of the life day for many people.

The omnipresent media accessibility is helping to ensure that media consumption is becoming increasingly popular among the little ones in society. This is not always the joy of parents and educators, who are often faced with the difficult task of keeping an eye on the offerings in the jungle of media offers, In computer games in particular, anxious parents are prone to rigorous prohibitions or special rigs, which are anything but effective, especially since computer games play a special fascination with children and an important world of experience is closed to them during renunciation.

In addition, in the context of a constantly modernizing learning culture, the safe handling of media products is already expected and assumed.
Competent educator behavior thus entails the education of media competency , thus enabling the children to deal with media and their contents in a way that is appropriate to their needs and needs.

Computer games: chances and risks

The medium computer games can be attributed both negative and positive effects. Thus, the informal character of many (learning) games, the promotion of logical thinking as well as spatial imagination, the increase of creativity as well as the imagination, and last but not least the fun of playing activity are counted as the advantages. Critical arguments, on the other hand, are presented with regard to the uncontrolled excessive use of games as well as of violent and non-age-appropriate media products.

In order to alleviate the difficulty which parents and educators encounter when selecting favorable and promising game offerings, recommendations are made in the following section regarding child-friendly browsergames . In particular, the suggestions and suggestions of the “Federal Inspectorate” as well as the “Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth” (BMFSFJ) are taken into account.

Educationally valuable games

Particularly high-quality Browsergames for children are awarded annually with the “Tommi” , whose editors are the magazine for parents and children “play and learn”. The following games were awarded in 2011:
“CARS 2 (Disney Interactive Studios)” : An exciting racing game with a multiplayer mode.

“The SIMS MIDDLE AGES” : A varied simulation game, with which the children can travel to the Middle Ages and lead a life as king or queen.

“PUDDING PANIC” : a fast- paced, fast-paced puzzle game that encourages and promotes children’s combination.

The software prize GIGA-Maus is a seal of quality and awards particularly recommended family software and online offers.
In the category “the best online offer to play and overall winner in the group children 4-6 years” won “TOM” :

Winner in the category “children 6 to 10 years-game” won as the best online offer “the football field” .

The winner of the “Children from 10 Years” category won
“The Settlers 7 (Ubisoft GmbH) as the best game . A similar game is also very popular:
The Settlers Online .
In the “Family” category, the best online game portal

” Energetika 2010 ” is suitable for children from 12 years of age.
For further browsergames, the Federal Inspectorate recommends the ” Internet ABC ” , which has compiled a database for children’s games.

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become the Real Velvet Rabbit or the Miracle of Transfiguration. It is one of the best-known children’s books in the English-speaking world. It was written by the British-American author Margery Williams (1881-1944) in 1922.

It is one of the most successful and well-known works of the writer. It was Williams’ first children’s book, which had, however, already been active since 1900 as an author of adult literature. Illustrated was the book by William Nicholson.

The story of The Velveteen Rabbit is quickly told …

A small boy gets as a Christmas present a small velvet rabbit. In terms of attractiveness, however, this can not keep up with all the modern and technical toys. The rabbit gets very sad and asks his toy friends for advice.

A horse tells him that a toy can really come to life when it is loved only by its owner, the child. And that is exactly what happens in the course of the story: the velvet rabbit becomes a faithful companion during a sickness of the little boy who does not leave his side.

However, the child’s doctor ordered that all his toys would have to be burnt, in order to finally be the master of the disease. This makes the boy cry and a tear hurts the rabbit before it is destroyed.

When the spring comes and the boy is very well again, he sees a rabbit in the garden, which looks very similar to his old friend …

Naturally, such a material is adapted from film and television. So the first film adaptation in 1976 was a TV special titled “The First Easter Rabbit” , in which the story is recorded and a toy car is transported to the Easter bunny. Meryl Streep also lent her voice as a narrator of a video production in 1985. In the same year, two comic films made by Hanna-Barbera, who had already made “Tom & Jerry” , as well as the Canadian Atkinso Film- Production company with Christopher Plummer as narrator. Also in the TV came the velvet rabbit:

Children’s films in the course of time

The story of the children’s film

Between 1900 and 1920 the first children’s films were produced in Germany . Already during the silent film period, these more and more children and young people were attracted to the cinemas, as well as books, the only accessible medium for this age class.

This fact was soon followed by teachers and politicians. More and more films were being produced that were not only for pure entertainment, but had a pedagogical intention by encouraging children to internalize moral values.
Later, the National Socialists also used these manipulative possibilities in their numerous propaganda films.

Particularly serious: there were no age restrictions, even very young children were confronted with political and ideological content.

In the 1950s, children’s film production continued to grow and headed towards the end of the decade. Numerous films, which today are regarded as a classic of the children’s film, emerged during this time, for example many fairy tales or the Erich Kästner film adaptation “Pünktchen and Anton” . In 1955 alone, 11 children’s films were produced, which accounted for almost 10 per cent of the total number of productions.
Since then, children have become increasingly important as a target group, a trend that is also continuing on television.

Traditional and always popular children’s films.

Some children’s films, predominantly cartoon films, have been popular for decades and are almost traditionally a compulsory program for the adolescents.

These films, such as “The Jungle Book” or “Heidi”, has already had a lasting impact on the generation of parents and is associated with positive childhood memories when television and cinema for children were something special. For this reason, these films are almost automatically recognized as educational in today’s parents, without any conscious reflection on the quality and content of these films. They have simply become a nostalgic piece of childhood culture, which is to be passed on to their own children.

Modern children’s film culture

For several years, a new trend has been taking place in the field of children’s films.

More and more films in the animation area are produced not only for children, but for adults as well. The action of these films is understandable to younger viewers, the dialogues speak by targeted word wit, numerous allusions and striking situation comics rather adults.
The target group of these modern children’s films , which include the Ice Age films or Shrek , is considerably larger. Family films are easier to market and are therefore often very successful commercially.