Updated 2nd March 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for taking the time to visit us. Here at ToyTesters.TV™ Head Quarters (or TTHQ as we call it!), your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us which is why we’ve put together this page of information about us. We hope this gives you insight into what we do and what we’re trying to achieve.
Our ToyTesters.TV™ community is the creation of Gemma Gallagher who has worked with children and parents for many years. She’s developed digital strategies and TV content for some of the world’s leading children’s brands.
ToyTesters.TV™ is presented by Nigel Clarke. You may recognise Nigel. He’s presented a variety of children’s TV programmes.
Testing Toys, Games and Children’s Products
We believe that children should be able to review toys, games, apps and products that are made for them. We also love the idea of children being instrumental in concept creation and product development. We want to help ensure that toys and games are fun and educational.
So....we’ve created ToyTesters.TV™; an online community that allows children to apply to become a Toy Tester.
Successful applicants may be sent products for FREE to test and review.
Toy Testers can send in a video of their review and or answer a set of questions which we may include in one of our shows.
Toy Testers can only be children between the ages of four and fifteen. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from adults.
Products will be sent to us by companies that produce toys, games and products for children. Your child’s review (or testing report as we call it here) along with their name, age and gender (no contact information) will be passed on to the companies so they can use this information to refine the product or enhance future products they are developing. Aggregated information may also be used in order for a toy or game company to publish information on their products.
We may also contact you to give your child the opportunity to participate in other activities such as market research, product research and development or even to be part of one of our shows.
We ask for your child’s name, date of birth and gender, so we know who to send products to, who will be responding to us and to ensure that your child receives a toy or product that’s age appropriate.
If your child is a successful applicant and is asked to be a Toy Tester, we’ll send you an email to seek your permission to take their application further.
Content submitted to us may be used for marketing and publicity purposes. We may also sell any information submitted to us, excluding contact details.
Applying to become a Toy Tester
We require a parent to be present during the whole Toy Testers application process. We may contact you to verify and qualify your child’s application and to seek your permission to take your child’s application further.
If your child has applied to become a Toy Tester and isn’t successful the first time, there will be other opportunities to apply, test products or to be involved. Please do keep talking to us, because we want to hear from you.
Your child’s video should not contain any personal identifiable information. For example, they must not be seen in a school uniform, be outside a school, a car number plate or road sign must not be in the background, or anything else that may identify your child.
As part of the process of applying to become a Toy Tester, your child can join the ToyTesters.TV™ Club. As a club member, children can participate in a variety of activities and earn trophies for things they do on the website. Once they have earned 10,000 trophies, they’ll be awarded with an exclusive goodie bag.*
*Terms and Conditions apply.
These activities are:
- “The Blue Lab” – 200 trophies available. Members can only participate in this activity once.
- “The Pink Lab” – 200 trophies available. Members can only participate in this activity once.
- “Your Toy Reviews” – 300 trophies available. Members can submit as many reviews as they want. 300 trophies are available for each review submitted.
- “Toy Inventors” – 300 trophies available. Members can submit as many toy ideas as they want. 300 trophies are available for each toy idea submitted.
- “Testing Reports” – your child may also receive trophies for completing testing reports for toys they have been sent to test. If available, this will be stated on the testing report when your child logs in to the website.
Details of content where trophies are available on the website:
The “Blue Lab” - This activity asks questions about an existing toy, game, app or product range. It will be updated frequently and there may be more than one product a child can answer questions about. The information your child provides in this section may be sold, disclosed, shared or published to or with third party companies. Your child’s name and age may be provided also (no contact details). Your child will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of toy vouchers by participating in this activity. Please see the terms and conditions associated with this activity.
The “Pink Lab” – this activity asks questions about an existing toy, game, app or product range. It will be updated frequently and there may be more than one product a child can answer questions about. The information your child provides in this section may be sold, disclosed, shared or published to or with third party companies. Your child’s name and age may be provided also (no contact details). Your child will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of toy vouchers by participating in this activity. Please see the terms and conditions associated with this activity.
“Toy Inventors” – this activity asks children to submit an idea for a new toy idea they have. The information your child provides in this section may be sold, disclosed, shared or published to or with third party companies. Your child’s name and age may be provided also (no contact details). Your child will be entered into a competition to win a VIP trip to a toy company. Please see the terms and conditions associated with this activity.
“Your Toy Reviews” – this activity asks children to submit their toys reviews. The information your child provides in this section may be sold, disclosed, shared or published to or with third party companies to modify toys, help to improve them, or for other purposes. Your child’s name and age may be provided also (no contact details).
We’re also busy making an online TV show that will feature educational content such as career advice in the toy and games industries, interviews with toy makers, designers, producers and manufacturers, behind the scenes at toy companies and much more.
ToyTesters.TV™ is free. You won’t be asked to pay a membership fee to be involved.
We’ll update this page of information every time we add new features and content to the ToyTesters.TV™ community.
Key steps to keeping your child safe on-line
- Make sure you know as much as possible about what your child is doing online.
- Make sure you know what sites they are visiting and who they are exchanging messages with.
- Show you're interested by keeping up-to-date with what your child is doing on-line.
- Look out for any suspicious activity.
- Make sure your child understands that they shouldn't give out their personal information to people they meet on the internet. Stress that although they may think of them as friends, there's a risk (however small) that they're not who they say they are. Most importantly they should never post an identifiable photograph and be extremely careful to monitor the use of personal webcams.
- Think about installing parental control software on your computer that allows you to block access to certain types of website or to log your child's internet activity. It can also prevent email traffic from undesirable sources.
- Check the history of sites your child has visited, and be explicit that you'll do this regularly. If the history has been deleted, always ask them why.
- Talk to other parents about the rules they have for their children.
- Be aware of how, when and where your child uses the internet. This will help you to spot any significant changes in their behaviour - for example, if they spending much longer online than usual. This may well be nothing more than typical adolescent behaviour, but at least you'll be alert to other possibilities.
- Look out for personality changes that may signal your child is being bullied or abused. These can include loss of confidence, withdrawal from family life, anxiety or argumentativeness, insomnia or lack of concentration.
- Talk to your child about the type of site he may stumble across either accidentally or if curiosity gets the better of them. You may find it an uncomfortable topic (and they almost certainly will) but experts at NCH, the children's charity, say it's much more sensible to discuss with your child the possibility that they'll encounter pornographic material on the internet. That way they should feel more able to turn to you if they feel things are getting out of hand - and they'll be much less vulnerable to potential abusers urging them to keep secrets.
- Speak to your internet service provider (MSN, for example) about its policy on chat rooms. Are they moderated (monitored constantly) by fully trained adults to minimise the risk of bullying or abuse? It's never a good idea to allow children on to unmoderated sites.
- Determine if your child's school teaches pupils about internet safety.
- Don't panic if you discover any record of inappropriate pictures or conversations on a computer after your child has used it. Talk to them if you're worried and seek help if you're not reassured by what they tell you.
Disclaimer: This information is provided for your general information only. The information contained on this site should not be treated as a substitute for legal or other professional advice. Toy Testers Ltd is not responsible or liable for the contents of any websites of third parties which are listed on this site, or content submitted or published by you or your child.
If you still have questions, you can email us at Hello@ToyTesters.TV™ . We hope you’ll understand that we’re very busy so will answer your email as soon as we can.
Thanks for taking the time to read about us and for supporting our community.
We hope that ToyTesters.TV™ will give your child the opportunity to express their opinions, gain some valuable career advice and learn from the content we will provide in the future.
The team at TTHQ.