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.
For less than the cost of a monthly night out at the movies (membership costs $15 per month 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
“Kids today have so many media choices, and not all of them are positive,” says Adventures in Odyssey producer Brock Eastman. “We’re providing fans with interactive content that builds on the lessons they’ve received through Odyssey and helps them grow in their walk with Jesus.”
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.
For more than 25 years, Adventures in Odyssey has delivered innovating and award-winning audio dramas that have sparked imagination in children, while infusing them with character and the biblical values parents love. This radio journey has grown into a treasure trove of nearly 750 Adventures in Odyssey episodes, all of which are now being launched into the digital world.
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.
Odyssey Adventure Club joins hands with parents as they seek to disciple their children spiritually and protect them when they use ever-expanding technology.
About the Spokesperson
Brock Eastman is an Odyssey Adventure Club producer for Focus on the Family where he produces a monthly video, writes devotions, interviews actors and hosts a Q&A for fans. You may have even seen him on the official Adventures in Odyssey podcast and Social Shout Out. Working on Adventures in Odyssey is special to Eastman, as he grew up listening to the program himself, and he is excited to bring the new club to a new generation, including his own kids.
In addition to his work on the Odyssey Adventure Club, Eastman is the author of The Quest for Truth and Sages of Darkness series. He also writes for Focus on the Family’s AIO The Imagination Station series, which introduces children to historical events and includes a curriculum element for homeschooling families. He also writes a monthly article for Family Fiction.
Eastman lives in Colorado with his wife and three children. While inspiration comes on his morning drives to work with America’s Mountain in view, he misses the chilly sweatshirt morning air and colorful leaves of autumn in the Midwest where he grew up.