Children grow up with digital media from birth. Their parents' smartphone is already an everyday object for one-year-olds. Children are fascinated by digital media because moving images and music arouse their curiosity in a natural way. But how can we teach families with young children how to use digital media responsibly and turn children from media consumers into digital inventors and creators? To find out, the Kindergarten Award was launched as part of the German Children's Software Award TOMMI.
Wanted: Good digital concepts for kindergarten
The German Children's Software Award TOMMI will take place for the 19th time in 2020. While usually digital games are awarded, there is a novelty this year: the category Special Award Kindergarten & Preschool will be extended by an important award for good digital concepts in kindergartens: In cooperation with the Auerbach Foundation and media educator Prof. Dr. Stefan Aufenanger from the University of Mainz, proven and practical concepts for the use of digital media in daycare centers are being sought that can serve as an example to other institutions. The three winners will receive a cash prize totaling 1,500 euros for their institution. The application for facilities from Germany, Austria and Switzerland is still possible until 10.09.2020 at the Website of the TOMMI Children's Software Award possible.
Participants wanted for the children's jury
Once again this year, children between the ages of six and 13 can apply for the children's jury. For this purpose, the participating libraries from all over Germany are looking for children who would like to test and evaluate the nominated games. Information on how to apply and on the participating libraries can be found here.
Publisher and partner of the award
The TOMMI is published by FEIBEL.DE, an office for children's media in Berlin. Partners of the award are the Auerbach Foundation, the German Library Association. (dbv), Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Familie & Co, the Frankfurt Book Fair, Google, jugendschutz.net, mobilsicher.de, Partner & Söhne and the ZDF children's and youth program. The TOMMI is under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Dr. Franziska Giffey. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.