We welcome submissions of children’s interactive media from any publisher of any size or part of the world. Any commercial products is “fair game” for a review, with no exceptions.
There are no fees associated with submitting products. Before you send us products, check to make sure your title is not already listed in the Picky Teacher’s Database. You might also want to watch “Working With the Press… Do’s and Don’ts”
CTR considers apps, commercial video games, software, Internet sites and smart toys for ages birth-to 15-years-of-age. We don’t look at linear media or non-interactive products, and we can’t insure that we’ll review every product.
WHAT WE PICK FOR REVIEW
In the last four years, the number of children’s apps has far outnumbered our ability to provide comprehensive coverage. In determining how to spread the Picky Teacher’s attention, we consider the following factors:
- Suggestions from readers. We tune into our subscribers and take requests.
- “Consumer Risk” – a free product is less likely to be reviewed, simply because you can give it a test to see for yourself. That’s not to say we don’t review all “free” products. We do consider children’s time in this formula. A product with popular characters does increase the chances we’ll have a look.
- Lack of PR resources. We especially look for promising products that might fly under the radar of other review services.
- The first of a series. We try to “nip it in the bud” to point out common errors for a planned series. Perhaps the creator can make changes.
- Newsworthiness. We’ll have a quick look, but determine it doesn’t merit the review time because it lacks something we call “newsworthiness.” For example, if an app is the second or third in a series, and the design doesn’t vary from others, we’ll make a note of the new product in the start of the original product with a date stamp, and move on.
- Does it fill the curriculum grid? We’re always looking for interactive products with learning value; worthy of classroom time and resources.
Please include the following information with each submission:
- The name and a detailed description of the product.
- Price. The suggested retail (or street) price in USD.
- Codes. The product, and any required codes for access or downloading, to give us a child’s eye view of your product.
- Age. The recommended age(s) for the product.
- Platform. Hardware and platform information.
- Contact info. The name, address, phone and URL of the studio who made the product, as well as the publisher (if different).
- Key dates. The street date (ideally we like to see final products 30-60 days prior to the street date).
- Authentic screenshots. Don’t send images that are promotional in any way. We won’t use these images. For apps, we like three images: 1) typical activity, 2) main menu or choice point and 3) another typical activity. We want to show the child’s eye view.
Final packaging and swag is not necessary and has no bearing on determining if a product gets reviewed.
Where to send materials:Sarah McDougall, Editorial Coordinator Children’s Technology Review 120 Main Street Flemington, NJ 08822 908-284-0404 (phone, 9 to 3 PM, EST) 908-284-0405 (fax)
How to submit an Internet site
For children’s Internet sites, send an e-mail message with the URL of your site to editor Warren Buckleitner (email@example.com). Please include the following information in the body of your message:
- Site Name
- Company name, address, phone, fax, contact name and e-mail address
- A short description of your site (give us a general idea of what it is).
- Any required codes or passwords
iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch or Android Applications
We use standard equipment for testing.
Send the promo code by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as any screens, pricing, and a detailed product description. Please make sure the code is working. Remember to include the name of the app, the Company name, address, phone, contact name and e-mail address.
Award Programs: KAPi Awards (Kids At Play Awards for Innovation) and the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Prize
Products submitted to CTR are also automatically considered for one of two prizes; however YOU MUST USE THE CONTEST ENTRY FORM (we’re just one vote of many).
The annual KAPi Awards, to be given at the Kids at Play Summit in Las Vegas, NV during the first day of the International Consumer Electronics Show. Here’s how the award program works.
In an effort to identify innovation and excellence in the design of children’s interactive media, CTR Editor Warren Buckleitner and the attendees of the Dust or Magic institute will create a list of nominees, following the three days of testing and live demonstrations that are the normal part of the Institute. The attendees help create the list. During the Kids at Play Institute event, the winners will be selected during the lunch. To be eligible for an award, a product must have the following:
- prior year’s copyright date. This includes a significant upgrade to an existing product. Minor changes to an existing product are not eligible.
- designed for ages birth to 15.
- child appropriate content (EC, E or T rated ESRB content).
- any form of interactive content can be considered. Non interactive (e.g., video content) is not considered.
First week of December — Deadline for submitting products for KAPi Consideration, although please check with the formal site.
First week of January — Award winners and finalists announced in public,