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by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Parenting

 

There’s been an inevitable outpouring of love and support following the passing of the legendary David Bowie. One post in particular struck a cord for me. Samantha Schnurr wrote her eloquent story for E! about Director Cameron Crowe’s 6 month long interview with David Bowie. The director was only 16 at the time and his story had served as the backdrop for Almost Famous (2000).

Crowes’s grasp of and appreciation for Bowie’s creativity is well presented in Schnurr’s piece:

 “David Bowie’s impact is so huge in that he presents himself now as a role model to artists that may need to remember that it’s not about branding. It’s about a restless need to be creative and to continue being creative,” Cameron Crowe said. “For a young musician or artist of any kind, anybody coming up, it’s great to look to Bowie and see that seismic effect he’s had on people, not because he kept doing the same thing that worked again and again, but because he always shook it up and he always served the gods of creativity.”

There was such an impact from Bowie’s artistry because he was the real deal. He did what he did not to be a YouTube sensation or to get the most likes. He was a true creative and we were all lucky enough to share some time here together.

Creatives NEED to create. So if you know a creative, give them the one thing they truly need to express themselves..your support.

RIP

“How Do You Make a Hit Children’s Show?” is the question I typically hear from parents, students, artists and writers as I meet them for the first time. While everyone’s got their own system to create educational media for children, I shared mine this week at The 4th Annual International Children’s Media Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, via live stream.

I was excited to journey outside my typical neighborhood with this project because a key to a better tomorrow lies within the education and happiness of children, on a global scale.

During the talk, I mentioned the importance of understanding one’s vision and the necessity of creating aspirational characters. Using Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why!, Creative Galaxy & Wishenpoof as tangible examples of how I implemented such features, I explained their characters’ development and how each show’s curriculum helped to enhance their stories. I typically allude to the secret sauce and timing when discussing my projects, which are both imperative to a “Hit Children’s Show”.

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 Special thanks to Hatice Şehime ÖZÜTLER (TRT Çocuk) for inviting me to share, amidst an educated panel, for this special project.

by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Kids, Parenting

HALLOWEENwinner

The winner of  the signed copy of “Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger” is John  & April from  Minnesota!!

Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger

Thank you so very much to everyone that entered this year’s contest. The judging was fierce with many adorable photos! Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

 

 

 

by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Kids, Stuff We Love

Want a signed copy of “Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger”?

Happy Fall everyone!  Our 4th Annual Halloween Photo Contest almost snuck by me!

Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger

 

To Enter:

  1.  Simply LIKE my Facebook page if you haven’t yet (If you have, thank you & jump to #2)

  2.  Send a photo to me at Angela@AngelasClues.com – Subject: “Boo 2015” by Sunday 11-1

  3. DOUBLE your chances to win by simply tweeting:

“I entered my boo-tiful lil’ pumpkin in @AngelasClues’ #Halloween Photo Contest!  http://bit.ly/1ihpwgZ”

 

I’ll personalize a copy of my Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood story, “Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger” for the winner and post their winning photo on my site (winner chosen Monday 11-2).

By entering this contest, you agree to have your photo posted on AngelasClues.com.

All decision making will be final & entirely up to the discretion of our Fearless Judges: Mr. Willy Wonka & Miss Veruca Salt.

Good luck & have a Happy Halloween!

Most parents will admit a little unease about raising their child(ren) within this digital age. But sitting on the sidelines with a myriad of unanswered questions will only worsen our concerns and will leave our kids in harms way. Yet again, the answer is in education. Well, last night, WQED aired the Like, Follow, Share episode of  iQ: smartparent. If you missed it, I’ve attached it below.

In this episode, we discussed common parental concerns of raising a child in a digital environment, one that relies so heavily on Social Media. I spoke with Caroline Knorr (Common Sense Media‘s parenting editor), Kelly Kochamba (Primary Media Representative & Community Outreach Specialist for the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office) and Rick Wallace (Director of Special Operations/Global – National Security Analyst) to get varied perspective on what we can do to keep our kids safe within this sea of tech.

Check it out and I would love to hear your feedback on the issue.

xo

Angela

 

 

Children and teens are using social media to define and share their personal narratives. When there is no “delete” button on Facebook or other social platforms, what story does your child’s online identity tell, now and into the future? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Join us for an eye-opening discussion on how parents and children can have safe and positive experiences online.

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