What is Airside Andy

Airside Andy is an online game for kids or to give it a technical name: a massively multiplayer online community (MMO). A virtual world designed exclusively for tablet and mobile. Kids can explore the airport, meet and chat with friends and play games. Help the wacky looking airport vehicles load and unload the planes. Get uniforms and clothes with special features in the airport shop and much more.

It is free to play, but we also offer a paid membership option that gives players access to a whole host of additional, exclusive benefits and features.

Each Airside Andy member starts by creating and customising their own avatar. Avatars help Airside Andy keep Intercity airport functioning by playing mini-games and co-operating with others in in-world activities. The main objective is always helping Jumbo, Jet Star and their friends get back into the air! Kids can explore the world with their avatars, in an airport filled with joyous, creative and open-ended play.

Within the game there are many fun, educational activities for kids to enjoy, such as:

Playing games and getting the planes unloaded and loaded to earn virtual rewards (coins). This is a working airport with wacky looking vehicles flying about all over the place. You and your friends can help the airport controller, Andy, and his team get the planes unloaded and back in the air as soon as possible.

The more planes that fly the more you earn, then you can visit the airport shop and buy new super hero costumes, astronaut costumes, headphones, glasses and much more cool stuff.

The busier the airport the more you get and the more the airport gets. You and your friends all contribute to the airport development pot, just by playing. Once the airport has enough coins you and your friends will get to vote on what we develop next.

Coming soon will be a hair salon, airport pets and your own personal space to decorate and call your own, more games and more action.

This is just the beginning for the game and over the next few months we shall be developing:

  • a more interactive parent section
  • my hangar space (an individual space for kids to call their own) create as many as you can
  • pets (adopt any number of airport pets to look after)
  • more educational games
  • more social mini-games

What We Do

For many children, Airside Andy will be their first experience of participating in an online community.

We have a responsibility to guide children through this new and exciting environment safely and securely.

Safety is our paramount interest and at the outset we have restricted social networking features o fixed chat. We know that kids love to socialise online with family and friends and we have created an environment that offers the same but with this enhanced safety feature.

We do not permit ‘free chat’ between players. We currently offer a range of predetermined phrases and words which means no one can communicate with your child outside of the defined conversations.

Accounts must be approved by the parent.

We employ the use of profanity filters and in-house moderation to monitor al new user accounts and usernames, and we are engaged with organisations CRISP and Parent Zone with whom we will be working as Airside Andy develops.

Our aim is to provide the maximum level of safety and security to all our players and their families.

Airside Andy works according to the best practice guidelines as set by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and the USA’s Federal Trade Commission’s (FTA) Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to ensure your child’s safety whilst using Airside Andy. We provide an ad-free environment to protect your child from third parties and the Airside Andy world continues to develop with online safety at the heart of its ethos.

Here are some online safety tips to share with your child. By going through these rules with your children, you can help them to make the most of their Airside Andy experience:

  • Choose an online nickname that doesn’t give away your real name or location.
  • Never give out personal information; this includes real name, address, phone number and school.
  • Never share your password with anyone, except your parent or guardian.
  • If someone does or says something that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parent or guardian right away.

How You Can Help

Airside Andy is all about the community and we ask players to follow the Airport Rules. As parents, you can help your children make the most of the airport environment as follows:

Keep your personal information personal. This includes your child’s password, real name, address, phone number, email address, friends and family names, and school name. Be careful that no personal information in shared within your child’s avatar name.

Speak to your children and encourage them to be respectful to other players and their avatars. Play fair!

Contact us at info@airsideandy.com with any query, no matter how trivial you think it is, and we will take it seriously.

If you need help, have comments or questions, please email us at support@airsideandy.com

There is much in the way of additional resource out there to help parents and children and we invite you to have a look at the following:

NSPCC
Think U Know
Net Smartz
Cyber Smart

We also recommend setting up anti-virus software and using the parental control features available from your Internet Service Provider.

Here are some great resources to help:

In the UK

In the USA 

The future

Away from the online world, we are also developing a TV series. We will be launching 52 x 10 minute episodes in 2017.

Education

We all learn best when we are having fun and this could not be truer for children.

Running an airport is not as easy as it looks, it takes a variety of skills that your child can develop over time. Your child will need to think creatively, hypothesise, strategise, manage resources, collaborate with friends, and nurture a wide variety of other skills that could extend positively into their everyday lives.

Airports by their very nature expose children to a huge range of experiences and educational awareness. All the components of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are within the airport: complex machinery, fuels, engines, smart systems, avionics, computerised everything and this is before you even start considering the cultural benefits of travel and geography.

This makes Airside Andy a wonderful world in which to learn and play!

The unique learning emphasis on the game is firmly rooted in developing children’s knowledge and understanding of the world, especially concepts connected with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as well as those concepts more commonly found in edu-apps including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Airside Andy is special because it enhances both SEL and STEM learning.

The point of the Airside Andy world is to add value to creative play through technology, rather than technology distracting from it. As children work towards evolving the airport through SEL-focused gaming, where teamwork is key to the success of their gaming play, they are connected to a constant and exponential increase in learning.

Airside Andy world can encourage the development of children’s fluid development as it presents opportunities to multitask through:

  • Communicating through text (all text is pre-programmed) in a social context that is strictly managed and therefore an excellent introduction to the internet for young children
  • Operating a character by creating and customising their own avatar
  • Managing short-term objectives by getting planes off on time
  • Managing long-term objectives by working towards building airports
  • Seeking novelty in customising the airport environment around them
  • Networking by getting along with others, reading and send pre-programmed greetings and solutions
  • Managing money through Intercity Coins. By earning coins, your child learns how to save and spend money.

How your Account Works

Airside Andy is the first game of this type to offer a mobile and tablet version from the outset. Our service is currently provided only through iTunes or Google Play. This means any transaction is conducted through these providers with whom you already have established a trusted relationship.

No financial information or personal details (other than the basics required for the game) are passed to us which adds yet a further layer of security to the environment.