Dec 3, 2020

Creating Online Content for Families

New research has revealed that parents and kids are spending more time watching content together at home. 

Of course, a big part of this is due to Covid-19, but the research is showing that even after the virus passes, families are going to be spending more time viewing online content together.  
 
Over 3,000 parents were interviewed about watching content with their children.  Over 75% of the parents surveyed said they watch online content with their children several times a week.
 
Once the pandemic ends, 66% of parents expect the time they spend watching content with their kids will either stay the same or increase. More than half of parents (62%) said the most popular device for co-viewing are smart TVs.

YouTube Kids, Disney+ and PBS Kids are the most popular viewing channels. Here are the big platforms families are watching on together.
  • YouTube Kids - 95%
  • Disney+ - 75%
  • PBS kids - 46%
  • Kidstream - 22%
  • Noggin - 21%
  • Boomerang - 15%
  • DreamWorks TV - 15%
  • Hoopla - 15%
The families surveyed said that the kids are usually the deciding voice in what the family watches.  As usual in most aspects of family life, the kids have great power when the family is making a decision.  
 
Due to Covid-19, many ministries have started offering online services for kids.  The content is created specifically for kids. Which is a good thing....but what if someone decided to make the content geared not just for the kiddos, but for the parents and their kids to watch together.

We often talk about ways to help kids and parents grow together spiritually.  I believe this would be a great way to help accomplish this.  At this time, I am not aware of any churches or ministries that are doing this.  
 
Here is what I envision for this:
  • A format where kids and parents both actively participate.  One intertwined with the other.
  • Content where one is dependent on the other.  Example - have kids say a key verse, then have parent say the key verse and then both say it together.
  • Icebreakers where kids and parents work together to deepen their relationships. 
  • Activities that parents and kids do together.  Hands on and participatory.
  • Promote it as a family activity.  Parents must participate for it to work for their family.
  • Lead kids and parents in a time of prayer where they pray for each other and other requests they may have. 
  • Make the videos 10 minutes or so.  
  • Have them do a project or activity during the week that ties into the lesson.  Kids and parents would do this together.
  • Make it live, but then also put it on demand so families are not just limited to one time slot. 
  • Use platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Zoom and others.
The entertainment world has been doing this for decades.  Companies like Disney create movies that are aimed at kids and parents watching it together.  Some of the best selling movies of all time have been movies aimed at kids and parents watching together. 
 
I see so many possibilities with this.  It might be a great way to really engage kids and parents together.  
 
Your turn.  
 
Do you know of any ministries that are doing this? 
 
What ideas do you have for this?   
 
Share your thoughts and ideas about this in the comment section below.

3 comments:

Hi Dale! I just read your article and couldn't agree with you more! When the pandemic hit I knew I had to do something for parents at home. I have written and produced Family Encounters for families to learn the word of God together in their homes. I truly believe we can come alongside the parents and help them with the spiritual formation of their kids in a different way than we have been doing it for years. I'd be happy to talk with you or anyone else who is interested to see how I can help them and their families.

Thanks for sharing Leann. Amen to all you are doing to help kids and parents.

Leann, would love to learn more about your resource of Family Encounters. Would you let me know more at acfamilies@gmail.com Thanks!

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