Swedish Peppy Pals launches new animated storybook app to teach kids empathy

STOCKHOLM - 12/06/2016 - Peppy Pals, the company behind the award-winning apps and e-books for kids, announces its launch of their fifth app on iOS and Android. The animated storybook app "Sammy Helps Out” aims to teach children 2-8 years old about empathy, emotions and collaboration.

Swedish Peppy Pals was recently ranked as one of the world’s most promising social enterprises in UBS Social Innovator for their innovative way of teaching empathy through mobile games. 

In “Sammy Helps Out”, author Erik Wonnevi reminds us of the importance of understanding and accepting differences and similarities in people, something that has become increasingly important in today's society. 

In the storybook, the two friends Sammy and Reggy are out on an adventure when they suddenly face a difficult and frightening challenge. What is perceived as easy for one person turns out to be more difficult for another.

“Sammy Helps Out is an adorable storybook app that promotes the golden rule in a simple story… The principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated themselves.“ - Jayne Clare, CEO and Founder of TeachersWithApps.

While reading, parents and teachers are guided by 11 reflective questions written by psychologist Bodil Wennberg. The purpose is to encourage dialogue about kindness, compassion and empathy between children and adults.

"Most of the ideas behind the stories in our apps and books are from my own experience as a parent. I wanted to find a way to meet my children in the digital world, and at the same time use playful ways to bridge lessons on empathy and friendship to the real world."- Rosie Linder, CEO and founder, Peppy Pals.

In fact, research shows that children who are engaged in conversations about emotions and empathy after reading a storybook are more likely to develop a larger and more lasting capacity for empathy than those who do not.

"Many parents find it difficult to talk about important and sensitive topics with their children. Reading something about empathy and relationships is a good way to help children reflect on their own and others' feelings, as well as to see things from someone else’s perspective. It doesn't have to be a serious conversation where things are either right or wrong. Even a simple, everyday conversation is important for the child.”- Bodil Wennberg, Psychologist and EQ-expert.

In “Sammy Helps Out”, parents and teachers are encouraged to ask questions such as: "How do you think Reggy feels before the jump?” and “How would you encourage a friend?”. 

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ABOUT PEPPY PALS

The award-winning firm Peppy Pals was founded in Sweden by Rosie Linder in 2013. With two daughters growing up in the digital era, Rosie had a dream to create high quality children’s games that was both entertaining and educational. It has been designed in close collaboration with recognized early childhood education experts. Peppy Pals aim is to create a better world, prevent bullying, and improve children’s wellbeing. Research shows that EQ can be taught and mastering these social skills can help children stay out of trouble, built healthy relationships and increase their academic skills.

 

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Peppy Pals

Paulina Olsson

Phone; (+46) 7 39 41 02 51

Email: paulina@peppypals.com  

About Us

Peppy Pals is an award-winning EdTech company developing fun, educational games and books that nurture children's Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Our games have been featured by Amazon and Google globally and have proven to be effective in both homes and schools worldwide. It is a unique way of learning and experiencing emotions, empathy, collaboration and friendship without ”right or wrong”.

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Sammy Helps Out is an adorable storybook app that promotes the golden rule in a simple story… The principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated themselves.
Jayne Clare, CEO and Founder of TeachersWithApps
Most of the ideas behind the stories in our apps and books are from my own experience as a parent. I wanted to find a way to meet my children in the digital world, and at the same time use playful ways to bridge lessons on empathy and friendship to the real world.
Rosie Linder, CEO and founder, Peppy Pals
Many parents find it difficult to talk about important and sensitive topics with their children. Reading something about empathy and relationships is a good way to help children reflect on their own and others' feelings, as well as to see things from someone else’s perspective. It doesn't have to be a serious conversation where things are either right or wrong. Even a simple, everyday conversation is important for the child.
Bodil Wennberg, Psychologist and EQ-expert