Ohanarama Launches New Online Place for Families to Connect, Learn and Play
Posted: October 15, 2011
From Ohanarama press release
On June 21, 2011, Ohanarama announced the public beta launch of its safe place online where families connect, learn and play together. The community (Ohana means “family” in Hawaiian) engages extended family members of all ages by tapping into their natural social and competitive spirit through quizzes, contests and fun family games. Through Ohanarama.com or the Ohanarama Facebook application, parents register, set up their kids’ accounts, and invite family members to join in family computer time by linking into the secure, private family net-work.
“The extended family is the original social network and an integral part of a child’s growth and development, but with families living farther apart than ever before, opportunities for kids to play and interact in person with extended family members are becoming more and more rare,” said Jane Hoffer, Ohanarama Co- Founder, CEO and mother of three. “With Ohanarama, we’ve recreated that fun, nurturing environment online and made it accessible from anywhere, by any family member, so kids can continue to experience the joys and benefits that come from being surrounded and encouraged by family.”
“Research indicates that 45 percent of grandparents live more than 200 miles away from their grandchildren, and that more than one-third of people ages 50 and older who use social networking sites are linked to their grandchildren (AARP),” said Amy Goyer, multigenerational expert and former National Coordinator of the AARP Grandparent Information Center. “I’ve found Ohanarama to be an easy and fun way for grandparents to connect – both literally and figuratively – with their grand-kids and families. By using Ohanarama to teach and play traditional games with their grandkids, initiate or answer personality-revealing messages and quizzes, and learn new games and information from their grandkids, grandparents can be actively involved in their grandchildren’s lives.”
How Does Ohanarama Work?
Ohanarama can be accessed for free by anyone with a computer and Internet connection. Parents register themselves and their children through Ohanarama.com or Facebook. Parents and kids then decide who they want to “invite” into the family network. Family members can then log on at any time through Ohanarama.com or Facebook, but kids under 13 can only log on through Ohanarama.com.
What Does Ohanarama Do?
Members can send scripted or personalized messages and virtual gifts, participate in zany family quizzes, play games by them-selves or with a family member, or challenge family members to join them on the leaderboard. Games are curated to be appropriate and fun for all ages, so that parents can rest assured that any activity their child chooses is both entertaining and suitable. Games include popular online games, educational games that adjust to a player's grade level, and traditional “old world” games adapted for the Internet, such as checkers, chess and tic-tac-toe.
Does Ohanarama Cost Anything?
It’s free to play on Ohanarama, but players can actually earn something back. There are two different currencies on Ohanarama: Tokens, for virtual items, and Neuros to use toward real world rewards. Tokens can be earned by every-one who plays at Ohanarama and used to purchase virtual items and gifts used inside Ohanarama. Neuros, the Ohanarama cash value currency, can be earned by children when they play Ohanarama educational games.