Kids on Earth (TM) is a service of Media for Learning, Inc.

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BORN & RAISED IN THE 21st CENTURY

  • There are 2.5 billion young people in the world--1 in 3 humans are under age 20.

  • As a generation, they will live longer and safer lives than humans of the past.

  • They are best educated, most literate, best connected, and healthiest humans in the history of the world.

  • Their 21st century possibilities were unimaginable in the 20th century.​

  • Kids on Earth interviews children and teenagers from all over the world. We edit the videos for clarity, then post hundreds of segments online to promote human progress and global understanding.

ANOOP

Manchester, England

Explaining what kids can
do today in order to
help others in need.

A WORLD OF INTERVIEWS

  • The Kids on Earth library is free, online, and currently in use by teachers, classrooms, parents and curious kids around the world. It contains nearly a thousand videos.
     

  • Mostly, we interview children and teenagers from 9 to 14 years old. Old enough to be able to tell a good story. Young enough to still be considered a kid.

  • In 2017, Kids on Earth conducted its first interviews with young people in and near Kampala, Uganda. Today, the Kids on Earth video library includes children and teenagers from Kampala, Uganda; Nkome, Uganda; Hong Kong; Altrincham, England (near Manchester); Stara Zagora, Bulgaria; Oriahovitsa, Bulgaria; Piran, Slovenia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Southport, England; Weston-sur-Mer, England; Fleming-Neon, Kentucky, USA; South Charleston, West Virginia, USA; Sergeantsville, New Jersey, USA; Holland, Pennsylvania, USA; Richboro, Pennsylvania, USA; Domanec, Kosovo; São Paulo, Brazil; Embu das Artes, Brazil; Cota, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Montevideo, Uruguay; San Felipe, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile; Cerritos, Paraguay; Remansito, Paraguay; Areguá, Paraguay; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Stockholm, Sweden—along with children and teenagers from: Georgia; Moldova; Japan; Russia; Israel; India; Thailand;  Sierra Leone; Pakistan; Palestine; Nigeria; Mexico; Barbados; Latvia; Cyprus; and more.

  • Every interview is a conversation, mostly led by the child/teenager and his or her curiosity. We talk about life at home, plans for the future, local history, friendship, school, food, and also more serious topics including climate change, safety and security, beliefs and knowledge, local culture, fears, health, technology, the brain and the mind, learning, and many other topics (the variety is fascinating: be sure to watch videos in the Kids on Earth library to experience the wide range of topics and ideas that matter to 21st century kids.)

  • Our interview process is ongoing. We are always interviewing more kids from more places around the world. And we are always learning.

Explaining what life is
like growing up and being
a kid in Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

LARA

FREE TO USE BY EVERY KID ON EARTH

  • Kids on Earth is provided as a free public service. We encourage watching at
    home, alone or with friends, with parents or teachers, in classrooms, anywhere
    you like. You can watch on a smart phone, tablet or computer, but you need a
    good internet connection to watch video. In time, we hope to translate the videos
    in many languages.

MARTIN

Kampala, Uganda

Talking about his life in
Uganda and England, and

about slavery in the

USA.

COLLABORATION

  • Kids on Earth relies upon local partnerships all over the world. Some partners simply use the video library in classrooms and other settings. Other partners help us to produce the videos through two forms of collaboration.

  • Most interviews are recorded with the help of a local partner (typically, a teacher, school, school district community organization, or NGO).

  • When we record on location, we usually work in a local school library. The location should be reasonably quiet, and illuminated by natural light. A typical day begins about 8am for an hour’s setup, with interviews scheduled at 9am, 930am and so on until we have recorded 10-12 interviews in a single work day.

  • When we record digital interviews via the Internet, we work together to establish a quiet location at the local school site, then test the audio and video and broadband connections. We use Zoom to assure high quality video recording via the Internet (download). Interviews can be scheduled at any time. We usually record 4 interviews in a single 2-hour session, but these numbers are flexible, especially when time zone differences are a factor.

  • Interview questions are asked in English. If a child or teenager does not speak English, we ask that a bilingual educator sit near the interviewee (off-camera) to translate questions into native language, and responses into English in real time by speaking as part of the recorded audio track.

  • Prior to interview, a permission form must be signed by each child or teenager’s parent or guardian. (Supplied by Kids on Earth)

After a doctor helped her

get well, she decided to

become a pediatrician.

Oriahovitsa, Bulgaria

BOZHIDARA

ARTICLES, SPEECHES, WORKSHOPS

SIANNI

Richboro, PA, U.S.A.

Life at home is

complicated--

and never quiet!

FOUNDER

  • The founder of Kids on Earth is Howard Blumenthal, a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with the Positive Psychology Center.

  • Howard created and produced Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, an iconic PBS public television children's series about global cultures.

  • Previously, he was a journalist for The New York Times Syndicate, a senior executive with several large media companies, a public television executive, and the author of more than twenty books.

  • He is currently writing a book about children and teenagers growing up in the
    21st century.

Discussing his background and role as the founder of Kids on Earth™
 

The University of Pennsylvania

HOWARD

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