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Tell us what you think of Time for a Story - and have a chance to win £25 M&S vouchers

(47 Posts)
HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Nov-08 14:26:18

Time for a Story, featured in Windows Live Messenger, is a new activity that gives you the chance to read to your child/grandchild and interact with them via a computer when you're away from them.

For a full run down on what this involves click here

We're looking for 10 volunteers to put this new technology to the test. You need to be an adult with children (or grandchildren) aged between two and five years. You need to be registered with Windows Live Messenger on a PC (sorry, no Macs) and have an internet broadband connection. You need access to a webcam and headphones and microphone (or a webcam with speakers built in). We will need your feedback by the end of Monday November 17th.

If you think you fit the bill and would be interested in taking part in the trial and offering feedback on this thread, please give us your details here

The ten people who are selected to take part and offer feedback will be given £25 of M&S vouchers.

TrinityRhino Wed 05-Nov-08 14:30:39

ooooh yes please

whomovedmychocolate Wed 05-Nov-08 15:46:03

me too

whomovedmychocolate Wed 05-Nov-08 15:47:59

ah balls I can't do it! The cam is on the mac.

TrinityRhino Wed 05-Nov-08 15:51:19

buy one for the other pc
seriously I would, they are cheap
and it looks cool this thing

theirmum Wed 05-Nov-08 17:16:43

I am up for that looks good

snigger Wed 05-Nov-08 17:17:15

I'd do it, but work is broadband, home is still snailpace 52k - the joys of rural living....

A good idea though.

AuraofDora Wed 05-Nov-08 17:20:06

no macs
that is down right discrimination you guys

Legacy Wed 05-Nov-08 18:11:00

What's with the age 2-5 thing?? The DSs are 9 and 6 and I still read to (with?) them.


i'll do it.

littleducks Wed 05-Nov-08 19:21:12

i originally thought it would be pants but the ad looked good, although the child's mannerisms resemble pingu to me

BabiesEverywhere Wed 05-Nov-08 20:27:53

Pick me, I need chocolate money !!!

geordieminx Wed 05-Nov-08 21:22:27

Ds isnt quite 2 yet... 20 months. His Granny lives 200 miles away - they would both love this - can we enter? Please please please.

HappyandEiknowit Wed 05-Nov-08 23:25:19

ok i have rambled on and i think that means i deserve to be chosengrin
xx ei xx

i forgot to fill in my blinking details last night!!
prob won't get picked now.

Nbg Thu 06-Nov-08 09:03:26

Bum, I have no webcam.


But LOL at M&S vouchers.
You can all go mad in the Per Una aisles grin

RedSparklersOnHerHead Thu 06-Nov-08 11:53:33

Fab idea for those who will use it!
If I was away I would use it for story time.

Rhubarb Thu 06-Nov-08 14:00:11

Whose grannies are proficient at the internet though? My two adore their gran who now lives over 3 hours drive away, it would be great for them if she could interact with them in this way, but I doubt she'd even be able to turn on the pc!

geordieminx Thu 06-Nov-08 14:29:16

Ds's granny is only 53 and is a whizz on the pc!

TigerFeet Thu 06-Nov-08 15:16:38

Have signed up - both dh and I are away overnight for work, dh more than me - he travels a lot. DD would adore to be read to via MSN

Earthymama Thu 06-Nov-08 16:21:17

I'm lucky enough to see DGC every day, but this would have been wonderful when my children were small and to keep links with other members of extended families and friendship groups.

Sev Thu 06-Nov-08 21:18:34

Hi, My mum could do it with my 2 and half yr old - we both have webcams and windows!! (on the computer too! LOL) I do read to my kids everyday so be best if Nanna did this!

Tech (MNHQ) Sun 09-Nov-08 22:08:03


RockLJ Tue 11-Nov-08 20:54:27

Have just used this with my Mum (200 miles away) and my 2 year old sat on my lap. He loves Noddy anyway and was beaming that he could see his nanny reading him the stories! My mum loved it. Her screen was different to our screen our pictures were animated when mum clicked on the links. I think its an absolute delight that being so far away my mum gets this interaction with my son. I think he's too young to be sat by himself at the computer listening to the stories (He'd trash it!) But i could see that it would become a lovely weekly treat. I imagine when there is a full library of stories to choose from this could be very popular. My mum was very complimentary. Was easy to use and said she would definately subscribe and it was a great treat to be able to volunteer.

We tried it last night. and it was a HUGE success!
Took us a little while to get started. (the person who is doing the reading has to launch it. trial and error to figure that out)
but once we got going...
DS (3yrs) listened to every story at least twice! My mom didn't realize until nearly the end of the first story that if she pressed certain words there was animation. DS really liked that. He's handy with a mouse so it didn't take him long to figure out taht HE could control the action by clicking on the characters. He had a ball.
He didn't want it to end!
The best bit for me was that I got to chat with my parents, update them on things that were going on here then they could have time to bond with DS while I went to get dinner on! Talk about a win-win situation!
The only downside right now is that there are only 3 stories. But hopefully they'll expand that so Gramma won't get bored reading the same one over and over and over...
So to sum up: FANTASTIC! I loved it, DS loved it and my parents loved it!!

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