CBee­bies’ ‘Go Jet­ters’ launches YouTube chan­nel

Preschool­ers are en­cour­aged in their learn­ing of ge­og­ra­phy on­line

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

THE in­ter­net might pre­sent many dan­gers for chil­dren but an in­ter­na­tional TV net­work is us­ing the dig­i­tal world to help young­sters.

The BBC has de­cided to launch one of its most pop­u­lar pro­grammes for preschool­ers on­line.

CBee­bies’ hit show Go Jet­ters is now also avail­able in South Africa on a new YouTube page.

This will make it eas­ier for chil­dren to fol­low the ad­ven­tures of their favourite char­ac­ters Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz as they travel the world with their teacher, men­tor and friend Uber­corn, a funky disco-groov­ing uni­corn.

BBC World­wide Africa’s head of pro­gram­ming, Kully Kaur-Bains, said this is be­cause the comedic, ed­u­ca­tional ac­tion-packed con­tent was con­sumed through YouTube.

“Now avail­able across South Africa, the brand-new YouTube page al­lows preschool­ers and their car­ers to sub­scribe and watch all of their favourite Go Jet­ters char­ac­ters when­ever and wher­ever they like, with new videos added weekly.”

She added that there would also be new in­ter­ac­tive fea­tures on its ded­i­cated web­site www.go­jet­ters. com, along­side the YouTube page.

Kaur-Bains said chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly be­tween the ages of 4 and 6, could use the en­hanced fea­tures on the web­site for their ed­u­ca­tional needs.

“Preschool­ers are en­cour­aged in their learn­ing of ge­og­ra­phy through a va­ri­ety of in­ter­ac­tive games, ac­tiv­ity sheets, apps and video clips.”

The on­line con­tent of the show also en­ables chil­dren to en­joy an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The new dig­i­tal plat­form al­lows par­ents and chil­dren to join the Go Jet­ters squad in a safe en­vi­ron­ment and take part in their quests to save the world’s most fa­mous land­marks from the mis­chievous med­dling of their neme­sis, Grandmaster Glitch,” Kaur-Bains said.

She said there are also in­ter­ac­tive games such as Star­ring You, where the kids can cre­ate their own Go Jet­ters video by adding pho­tos of them­selves; and Global Glitch where they col­lect coins to bring out more Go Jet­ters and take a sou­venir selfie.

Kaur-Bains ex­plained that one of the rea­sons for adding dig­i­tal el­e­ments to the pro­gramme was be­cause they are so well re­ceived on tele­vi­sion screens.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of the CBee­bies chan­nel (DStv chan­nel 306) and Go Jet­ters in South Africa and across the con­ti­nent has made this a nat­u­ral ad­di­tion, ex­pand­ing on the show and of­fer­ing fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess it wher­ever they go.”

She said they were also in­tent on mak­ing it as ed­u­ca­tional and in­for­ma­tive as pos­si­ble. “Go Jet­ters aims to teach lit­tle ones about world ge­og­ra­phy and the nat­u­ral won­ders of the world in an en­ter­tain­ing way, and with the new web­site and apps avail­able, they can learn even more.”

The show com­bines mu­sic, gad­gets and disco-danc­ing to in­tro­duce the au­di­ence to ge­og­ra­phy and cul­ture.

“Filled with com­edy, team­work, awe­some sights and funky facts, each episode of­fers older preschool­ers a fun-filled and ac­tion-packed ex­plo­ration of their wider world,” said Kaur-Bains.

Go Jet­ters apps are also avail­able for down­load on Ap­ple and An­droid.

NEW WORLDS: ‘Go Jet­ters’ will help chil­dren to en­joy an in­ter­ac­tive ed­u­ca­tional and fun ex­pe­ri­ence.

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