Kids today are practically born, not with a silver spoon in their mouth, but a tablet on their lap. In fact, it's quite common to see children as young as three or four years old with their eyes glued to the screen—a sight actress, mom, and KooBits ambassador G Toengi Walters is really familiar with.

“My daughter's eight years old and my son is six years old, and I'm not ashamed to say that they're addicted to video games like a lot of children,” she shares. “In fact, it's become so rampant that everywhere I go, I see children with a screen in front of them. This is how children of today play.”

Still, G is determined not to become one of those moms who ban everything. Having graduated from UCLA's New Media program, the mom of two says she prefers to look at it from a different perspective.

“Technology may not be something that we're comfortable with as parents because obviously, this is not the way we learned, but because of the research that I've been able to study at school, graduating from the New Media program, [I know that] technology is something that we should not be scared of as parents,” says G. “In fact, it's a tool that can only help our children become even better learners and more curious about everything around them.”

G instead uses her kids' love for computers to an advantage, telling them that they can go online for as long as they want on one condition: They have to be on KooBits.

Originally from Singapore, KooBits is actually a group of innovative educators and technologists who develop digital platforms to help children learn better. Thanks to a partnership with MatheMagis, one of the programs, the KooBits ProblemSums portal, has been made available to Filipino students.

G's kids appear to be very much into it. “I have to admit, I tried playing KooBits with my children and my daughter's in third grade, and she goes, 'Mom, I need help with this,' and I sat there going, 'I don't know how to do this. This is third grade math!' but luckily there's that tutor video so we watched the video together and you know, granted, I was able help her because of the video,” she shares.

G adds, “You can leave your children to do it on their own, but how much more fun is it for them when they are able to associate learning math with also bonding with their parents, so that's what I love about KooBits. it's that it also gives us an opportunity to bond and at the same time, because there's this reward that they get. It's addicting, and whoever heard of Math being addicting?”

(Photo courtesy of KooBits Philippines)


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