What is JellyTelly?
JellyTelly is a unique online video and game network for families, developed by VeggieTales and What’s In the Bible? creator Phil Vischer. As a faith-based alternative to other children’s entertainment, JellyTelly provides families with a safe place to learn and play online and help raise the next generation of Christians. JellyTelly hosts faith-based videos, games, and devotionals created and curated to entertain your children while teaching them about God and faith. Children’s entertainment is endless and oftentimes meaningless, but JellyTelly provides a safe place for your kids to access worthwhile faith-based entertainment via desktop, mobile apps and Roku.
To be a tool to help raise the next generation of Christians so they know what they believe and know how to live it and to help launch the next generation of Christian storytellers – creative people that are developing powerful stories all across the country and looking for a way to share their work.
We think the combination of a new generation of Christian storytellers and a new generation of Christian kids who know their faith and know what it looks like to live it can change the world.
A Letter from Phil Vischer, JellyTelly Creator
When I started developing the ideas that would become VeggieTales way back in 1990, the new technology sweeping through America’s living rooms was the VHS deck. Times have changed since then. Kids aren’t walking around with VHS cassettes under their arms anymore. They are walking around with iPods and Xbox. They’re online. They’ve got Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel streaming 24 hours a day into their bedrooms. Our kids are consuming more media than ever before, on average more than 5 hours a day – including more than three hours a day of just television!
Churches are doing wonderful work with kids – innovative work – but a church will get about an hour with a child on a Sunday morning and then before it sees that child again, that kid on average has watched more than 22 hours of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. Is it any wonder that our kids are growing up knowing more about iCarly than about the apostle Paul? That they’re more emotionally engaged in the outcome of American Idol than the gospel of Jesus Christ or the work of the Church around the world? We need to do something about this – half of kids growing up in church in America are walking away from church when they graduate from high school.
We can do something about this by using the same technology that kids are adapting to as they consume media in new ways. JellyTelly is a way to bring the Bible and the Christian faith to life for kids on a daily basis, to show them the work of the church around the world and the role they can play in it, to teach them their faith and what it looks like to live it. Every day we can talk to kids – we can take just a half an hour away from what they are consuming from the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. We think we can make a huge difference in the life of a child.