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December 20, 2012

JumpStart.com Receives High Rating for Learning Potential from Common Sense Media

TORRANCE, CA. December 20, 2012 – JumpStart 3D Virtual World has been given a high rating for learning by Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping parents and teachers manage the media and technology in kids’ lives. The high rating is part of Common Sense Media’s new learning ratings initiative, and means JumpStart 3D Virtual World is both a fun and engaging game with the potential to help equip kids and teens with the core skills they need to thrive in tomorrow's world. The full rating and review is available here:

www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews/jumpstart-3d-virtual-world

“At JumpStart, we strive to create games that kids will love, and that parents can feel good about,” said President and CEO, David Lord. “We’re honored to receive this high rating from Common Sense Media, and we will continue to work to make the highest quality games for kids that we can.”

A 2011 poll from Common Sense Media found that while many parents believe that digital media can provide learning benefits, they are skeptical about the claims made by some companies about their product’s educational potential. Common Sense Media's learning ratings address that problem by clearly communicating the learning potential of a website, game, or app, along with offering suggestions on how to get the most out of the user experience. A team of highly trained reviewers analyzes digital media products for core academic content like reading, math, and science, as well as deeper learning and social skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. The team also assesses each product's overall learning potential, looking both at how engaging it is and how it is designed to support learning.

“Our learning ratings are the most comprehensive tools that parents have to surface the digital media products that are truly educational from those that simply claim to be,” said Seeta Pai, architect of the Common Sense Media learning ratings initiative. “We congratulate JumpStart 3D Virtual World for receiving a high learning rating, and for creating a terrific game that helps kids learn, and have fun, too.”

Common Sense Media's learning ratings are based on comprehensive research and a rigorous evaluation framework. The framework was developed after conducting interviews with academic experts, a literature review of key 21st-century learning skills, and research with national samples of parents and teachers, who voiced a real need for learning ratings like these. The learning ratings initiative builds on Common Sense Media's successful media ratings and education programs -- through commonsense.org and content partners. Common Sense Media already provides age-appropriateness ratings on more than 17,000 titles and offers education resources to more than 50,000 schools in all 50 states and 67 countries.

For more information about JumpStart, visit www.JumpStart.com. To learn more about Common Sense Media’s learning ratings, visit www.commonsense.org/learning-ratings.

ABOUT JUMPSTART

JumpStart® creates magical 3D worlds packed with endless games and adventures that enable kids to run, swim and fly through a different quest every day, encountering characters they love, play with friends, and always discover and learn something new. Featuring the most advanced online and mobile gaming technology in the kids’ space, JumpStart® delivers immersive, fun 3D adventure learning games for kids on the devices they use most in environments that parents have come to trust. For more than 20 years, children’s software pioneer Knowledge Adventure® set the standard in children’s software, creating the finest educational products for use in the home and the classroom, JumpStart is the first kids gaming company to develop a platform built upon the Unity 3D Engine. Its state of the art 3D game engine technology offers rapid, cost-efficient content creation capabilities leading to more products and more brand flexibility and brings gaming experiences and characters to life, within a console-like experience online. The company is internationally renowned for its award-winning JumpStart, Math Blaster®, Eat My Dust®, and SuperSecret® brands. Tested and trusted by teachers and parents alike, JumpStart software has helped millions of children build and strengthen essential learning skills. A subsidiary of Knowledge Holdings, Inc., the company is privately-held and based in Torrance, California. For more information, go to www.JumpStart.com

ABOUT COMMON SENSE MEDIA

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: www.commonsense.org

 

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