Founded in 2011 by three Quebecois parents, the Wilby.tv site is innovating with a new application allowing young people to virtually exchange the character. They will thus obtain personalized responses from Wilby, advocating healthy lifestyles, while establishing a relationship of trust with him.
Wilby is expecting the children on his site. Soon, it will also be available in a mobile version for iPod, iPad, smartphones and tablets (via theApp Store, Google play, and Microsoft Windows Store). On this site, which many compare to Facebook for children, young people find the possibility of building a network of friends, of having fun at a variety of educational games, but also of sharing their experiences with Wilby via the site's messaging system. .
To access the various features of Wilby's universe, all parents need to do is create an account for their child (ren). Thus, parental control is always possible, since the responsible adult, with his email, always has access to his little family's email.
For their part, teachers will appreciate the fact that this site allows students to give free rein to their expression in concrete writing situations. Indeed, users can confide in Wilby or send him their creations (poems, stories, etc.) and they will then get a personalized response from him. Considering the importance of developing the reflex of writing in meaningful contexts, this is one of the most relevant avenues.
In a context where childhood no longer seems so simple (whether it is bullying, learning disabilities or behavior, etc.), the fact of being able to write to a role model whose influence and the messages are intended to be the most positive constitutes an undeniable advantage for the school and family environment. It also helps to break the isolation of some young people. At the same time, as parents have access to the messaging system, they remain indirectly informed of their child's daily life and are able to intervene quickly and efficiently, if necessary.
In addition to messaging, the games offered are excellent learning tools. Classified by subject and by clientele (age), they cover, among other things, logic, general knowledge, memory, numbering and languages.
This initiative for children six and over is the brainchild of David Banford, Jimmy Bouchard and Réjean Gauthier. To access it, visit: http://www.wilby.tv