Are your kids in need of a safe and fun environment where they can explore, create and imagine, all while developing their faith and learning biblical truth? Enter the Odyssey Adventure Club (AOC)!
When I was a child the music on the radio was not something that I desired to listen to (I’m still not into 80s/early 90s music…), so I ended up listening to Oldies and radio theatre. My favorite program was undeniably Adventures in Odyssey. I listened live on the radio and could quote the mailing address by heart and even wrote a letter to Connie back in the day… I still have set of cassette tapes that I’m really looking forward to sharing with my daughters (if only I could find a tape deck, eventually!). I also have a few CD sets that we’ve listened to from time to time. I’m really hoping as they get a little older that Odyssey will become a staple in their lives as it was in my youth. I have all the original VHS tapes and they watch those religiously and I know they’ll love to hear more and more about all the characters, stories and their adventures – all while learning valuable lessons on life, faith, and biblical truths!
Focus on the Family is excited to announce their new Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC)! OAC is a safe and fun environment online where children can explore, create, and imagine, all while developing their faith and learning biblical truth.
Our kids are growing up in a different world than we did, aren’t they? From 24/7 Internet access to new technology introduced in school every day, our kids are becoming more connected to the online world than ever before—which can be a bit scary for parents! What’s to keep your kids from stumbling across something they shouldn’t or from being preyed upon by online predators?
For a limited time, you can join HERE for only $5 (regular monthly membership costs $15 for up to six users)!
Families will be able to stream the Adventures in Odyssey library, plus listen to exclusive new monthly episodes. Busy families will find 24/7 access to the content through the Odyssey Adventure Club mobile iPhone app.
My kids are not necessarily right there in the modern mode yet. I mean they have free access to a VCR and all my old VHS tapes. But at nearly 3 and 5 years old they do not have free access, but maybe once a month extremely limited access to my iPhone, a dying 1stG iPad and my Kindle Fire. There are not enough protections on there for me to just hand it over and not observe.
As media use continues to explode among children and teens, parents’ concerns about what their children could be uncovering while online increases. On average, children get their first smartphone at age 12, and research suggests kids and teens are spending more than 7.5 hours a day with their electronic devices — and often without a safety net. That’s exactly why Focus on the Family is launching the Odyssey Adventure Club, a safe and fun environment where children can explore, create and imagine, all while developing their faith and learning biblical truth.
Q: How is Focus on the Family and the new Odyssey Adventure Club addressing parental concerns about their children’s media use?
Media is a way of life for kids today, and we understand that. That’s why we created the Odyssey Adventure Club: to provide online, on-the-go delivery of more than 300 hours of safe, biblically-based audio entertainment. For more than 25 years, Adventures in Odyssey has been fostering spiritual and character growth in listeners. Many parents have come to trust us for solid lessons brought to life by fun characters. While we can’t monitor how many episodes a child hears, we can guarantee it’s an investment into their life every time.
Q: Some research shows that kids from age 8 to 18 spend more than 7.5 hours a day with electronic devices like a computer, phone or TV — why should this be a concern to parents?
We believe kids should be using their imagination and interacting with their family and friends. Many times media today tends to isolate. While the Odyssey Adventure Club is consumed through a computer or mobile device, it doesn’t require a child to sit and stare at a screen. Kids can listen to episodes while doing other activities, like coloring, playing with their toys or outside, riding in the car or exercising. The Odyssey Adventure Club also provides activities and devotions meant to be done as a family, encouraging that important interaction. Through the audio dramas, imagination is brought to life for kids within the theatre of the mind.
Q: The Adventures in Odyssey program has been sparking the imagination of children for 25 years. Share a few examples of how parents have used these award-winning radio dramas to disciple their children.
There are so many stories I could share of road trips, bedtime stories and devotional times. I remember one story about a boy who challenged his parents to listen to Adventures in Odyssey before bed instead of watching TV. The dad was so convicted that they started turning off the TV 30 minutes before bed and turning on Adventures in Odyssey instead. He wanted his family to start and end their day thinking about Jesus (Phil. 4:8). We have also heard numerous stories of how children were led to begin a relationship with Christ through listening to Adventures in Odyssey. We are blown away by these examples and feel humbled to play a small part in God’s larger story.
Children can also read daily devotions, interact with hands-on activities and view video documentaries featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the Adventures in Odyssey stories. Parents can feel confident their children are safe on the Odyssey Adventure Club website — Focus on the Family staff will be monitoring all comments before they’re publicly posted.
A portion of each Odyssey Adventure Club membership will benefit Focus on the Family partner relief organizations, including Christian Veterinary Mission, Operation Christmas Child and Compassion International. This provides parents with an opportunity to teach children about the value of giving and serving others.
Just the facts about OAC:Up to six users can be included in the $15/month membership (less than the cost of a monthly night out at the movies). OAC is monitored by Focus on the Family staff, who read through all comments before they’re publicly posted on the site, creating a safety net for your kids and giving parents confidence that their children are safe.
The OAC members will also receive:· Unlimited streaming of Adventures in Odyssey Library (740+ episodes) retail value over $1,500· New monthly exclusives episodes· Monthly web quests· Clubhouse magazine subscription· Daily devotions based on Adventures in Odyssey episodes· OAC exclusive blog posts· OAC monthly member newsletter· OAC exclusive video stories· Other Odyssey content (Last Chance Detectives and more!)
Coming in July, Odyssey Adventure Club members get to listen to the brand new album, “The Ties That Bind,” FIRST before it’s available ANYWHERE ELSE!
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