A Tablet Computer For Young Children

The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet is very much a new excellent digital gadget from LeapFrog that ups the stakes with regard to youngster's tablet computers. This specific kids tablet computer includes a selection of great features in addition which will help support your youngster to enhance his or her language abilities, hand to eye co-ordination, visual advancement, as well as sound understanding at the same time having a great time.

The LeapPad is aimed at young children, 4-9 yrs old, as well as little ones who will enjoy being able to customise video games, apps and also stories so that they can be about him or her! An excellent option the LeapPad Explorer Tablet offers is the power to adjust the studying degree for young children so they can improve through reading stories, this method will keep children challenged and not discouraged

Genuinely Interactive Youngsters Tablet Portable computer

The in-built 12.7cm touchscreen display makes this an excellent interactive youngsters tablet computer, in addition to the inbuilt movement detector. LeapFrog haven't ignored consumers from the previous Leapster collection as all these games may be used in addition to the superb range of LeapPad 100+ games and apps accessible

Parents can keep an eye on kid's studying progress together with knowledge of what activities they undertake using the LeapPap by means of Leapfrog's handy learning course option. This can support parents to keep a close look on progress and provides extra help, if perhaps it's necessary. You can even make sure if and when they are participating in specified video game titles a bit too much also!

The tablet computer is actually a pretty good computer (not a toy really!). It includes 2GB of storage and is also influenced by the popular Linux operating system - suffice to state Leapfrog have constructed this particular children's tablet personal computer really well in actual fact. It puts a number of normal personal computers to embarrassment.

Handy In-built Camera

The built-in digital camera will take a number of great photos and also is able to record video clips as well. This gives kids an option to add their particular snap shots into stories and become part of the tale. They are able to also revise photos and movies, and create many short video clips or even animations also.

Seeing that kids really like having fun with digital products, the LeapPad isn't an exception to this rule and it will keep children entertained for hours and hours. The LeapPad Explorer also provides parental management, making it possible for parents to de-activate specific features and also maintain user access.

The LeapPad works together with batteries or by using a mains charger. As with the majority of electronic products this may eat battery packs, so it will probably be worth acquiring a number of standard rechargeable battery packs or maybe a mains charger.

Overview

The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet child's personal computer is an excellent bit of product, and children will love it because is really actually is a computer in its own right. There are a fantastic collection of apps and video games readily available, and are also priced reasonably. Four applications are included - a pet pad, an art studio, storybook studio as well as an application of your own preference through LeapFrog's web-site.

The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet will help children learn and improve key skills while also having fun. As mentioned above, I recommend you buy a few additional battery packs or perhaps a mains adaptor. Aside from that there is no other downsides and it truly can certainly make your children an extremely delighted young child should they attain one this Holiday season.

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    • Lots of screen time? Good posture helps
      With young people spending hours a day on computers and other e-devices, experts offer tips to avoid backaches and strained eyes.

      By SUE STOCK, Charlotte Observer

      Last update: March 11, 2011 – 10:33 AM

      For today’s students, life is all about staring at a screen. ¶ They spend hours doing homework, playing games, chatting with friends, reading books and just hanging out — all on computers, smart phones and e-readers or tablets. ¶ And doctors say they’re starting to pay the price: in eyestrain, neck pain and wrist aches. ¶ “Kids have a limited degree of awareness, so they’ll just play and play until they’re exhausted,” said Patricia Smith of Triangle Eye Physicians in Raleigh, N.C. “You’ve got to parent up and limit the amount of computer time.”

      But that’s not always easy. The portable nature of most of those devices makes policing online time a challenge.

      Tiffany Edwards of Apex, N.C., said she thought her 14-year-old son, Torin, spends two to three hours a day on his electronic devices, which include a computer, an iPhone and the iPad he got for Christmas.

      Ask Torin, however, and he said it’s closer to five hours a day.

      He’s starting to have some neck pain, but he doesn’t think it is related to his iPad. His mom, however, is not so sure.

      “I notice it through the day, him just wiggling his neck around trying to relieve some of the pain and things like that,” she said. “I don’t know what the solution is. It’s not like they’re not going to use the devices.”

      On that they can agree. Torin says he’s not going to scale back his computer use.

      But doctors say that talking about online time and setting boundaries is important because too much time staring at a screen can cause health issues — particularly on children’s eyes and backs.

      Here are some tips to avoid problems:

      Make sure your child is viewing the computer at his or her own height. A child sitting at an adult’s desk will be looking up at the screen. This exposes more eye surface, increases the rate of blinking and can lead to eye fatigue more quickly.

      Take note if your child is complaining of dry or itchy eyes. Sometimes kids can develop “dry eye syndrome” from staring at a screen and not blinking enough.

      Watch for excessive eye rubbing. Kids who are heavy eye rubbers can actually damage their corneas.

      Make sure that when your kids take breaks, they are not simply moving to another screen-related activity, like watching TV. Encourage them to go outside, play a game or do something else that does not involve a monitor to truly give their eyes a break.

      Find a chair that supports the lower back and sit up straight.

  1. Can someone please proofread and correct any grammatical errors please?
    The Data Protection Act 1998 is in place so individual don’t misuse their data or information kept about them. The good thing about it protects people from given to incorrect medicine or tablets. It protects children and young people right as well as their freedom. Another good thing about this policy is it gives them privacy. It ensures that people are able to access their personal information without been misused. Another good thing about the Data Protection 1998 is it ensure that data’s’ are fairly and lawfully processes, process for limited purposes, adequate relevant and not excessive, accurate, not kept longer than necessary. Another advantage concerning the Data Protection Act 1998 also ensures that datas are kept secure, processes in accordance with your right and not been transferred abroad without adequate protection. Another advantage is that this act put the needs of the children and young people first because it provides protection and lay down rules about how data about people can be used. The 1998 Act covers information or data stored on a computer or an organised paper filing system about living people. It setting up rules that people have to follow. Having an Information Commissioner to enforce the rules, right of correction usually charged ten pounds, right to prevent distress, right to prevent direct Marketing, right to prevent Automatic Decision, right of complain to the information commissioner and right to Compensation. A disadvantage could not really know how to disclose individual personal information. The weakness is that the data subject is entitled to use the law to get compensation for damage caused if personal data about them is inaccurate, lost, or disclosed

    • The Data Protection Act of 1998 is in place so that individuals don’t misuse the data or information kept about them. The good thing about it is that it protects people from being given incorrect medicine or tablets. It protects children and young people’s rights, as well as their freedom. Another good thing about this policy is that it gives them privacy. It ensures that people are able to access their personal information without it being misused. Another good thing about the Data Protection of 1998 is that it ensure that all data is fairly and lawfully processed, processed for limited purposes, that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive, and that it is not kept longer than necessary. Another advantage concerning the Data Protection Act of 1998 is that it also ensures that data is kept secure, processed in accordance with our rights, and has not been transferred abroad without adequate protection. This act put the needs of the children and young people first because it provides protection and lays down rules about the manner in which data about people can be used. The 1998 Act covers information and data stored on a computer, or an organised paper filing system, about living people. It sets up rules that people have to follow. It established an Information Commissioner to enforce the rules, the right of correction (the usual charge is ten pounds), the right to prevent distress, the right to prevent direct marketing, the right to prevent an automatic decision, the right to complain to the information commissioner, and the right to compensation. One disadvantage could be that it is not really known how to disclose individual personal information. Another weakness is that the data subject is entitled to use the act to get compensation for any damages caused by their personal data being inaccurate, lost, or illegally disclosed.

  2. What kind of tablet should I get my son?
    My son is 2 years old and is obsessed with my iPhone. He Plays the games and knows all the controls. I want to get him something of his own but an iPod is Like $300.00. I just need something with a touch screen and can download games. Thank you

    • please don’t do this. a two year old child does not need a tablet. not only will they not treasure it like an older child would, it would also take away from their creative development. I’m 18 years old and in a computer program in college, trust me when i tell you that the technological skills are not what counts. they will learn those no matter what. creativity and imagination is what really counts (in every field of study from sciences to technology, engineering, literature and arts creativity is always needed). I don;t mean to sound like the other posts but I feel that regular “old school” toys will help your child out a lot more than a tablet will. If you are still very heavily set on buying a tablet, do realize that a child doesn’t care about quality or peer reviews so a 200 dollar tablet should suffice. (look at leapster items, they cater young children and are educational).

  3. Teens do you think I would do a good job running a day care center?
    Well I been noticing how the younger generation today is more into technology, now i was thinking ages 4-8 would be playing with toys or maybe computer toys or something like that, but ages 8 -12 can play on computers or tablets or even cell phones. So i would have the children occupied by technology.

    And for lunch i would cook them chicken wings and french fries, thats a really good meal for them to have.
    AM I RIGHT?

  4. If TV was discovered to be harmful to our health would we ban them?
    Imagine if watching television over many years was proven to be harmful to our health. For example, if it was proven to be the cause of Alzheimer’s dementia in old age, or any other serious neurological condition. What do you think would happen? do you think we would decide to ban television?

    I’d like to know what you think we would do if this really happened?

    Personally, i’d absolutely love it if television set’s were taken out of every home and banned because society would improve in so many ways over-night. Over time, people would begin to be more sociable and local communities would become stronger. People would stop being so lazy and they would start hobbies and activities where they start to enjoy their own lives instead of watching someone else’s. Society would be smarter too as many people will become readers again and the art of conversation would come back. It would also have a profound effect on consumerism where some people might regain their individual identity and repair their self-esteem and the greed-based materialism will start to decline. Eventually, people will also become less familiar with so much violence and sex again and the politics of fear and propaganda wouldn’t work the way it does today.

    These are only a few example of how I imagine society would change without TVs in every home and isn’t it so sad that we choose to give up so much potential. We really are a mentally ill society the way we choose to watch other peoples lives instead of living our own. Its very sad. Well, that’s just my opinion.

    • However sad it may sound I honestly can’t imagine my life without television. Whether it be the news, documentaries, stand-up comedy or my regular series. I watch it on my tv, my computer, I talk about, I debate about, I write about it, and would love a career involved in television. May I point out however I despise programmes which are about other people’s pretend lives, such as Eastenders. If I watched television to watch other people’s daily and supposedly ‘normal’ lives I might as well sit on the street and watch real people walk by all day. For this reason I do not watch ‘other people’s lives’ as you have stated.

      I believe that television can be a force for good as well as evil. The evil does not lie in the box itself, but in the users’ minds. Whether that user be in front of the TV or members of the media broadcasting. TV can be so many good things. It can educate the public, for example programmes for younger children learning to count or learn the alphabet. Documentaries on every subject from A-Z. It can inform, via the news. It can entertain whilst we are in the comfort of our own homes. It can reach to a larger audience that media ever could before it. Information is instant, we are informed of events as they happen. We can hear so many different opinions. We can exercise with various televised workouts. We can play games too.

      But of course there are downsides, as you have already stated. This is inevitable. Anyone with power wants to get their view across as they believe it to be right. With television, one of the most powerful forms of media, it is bound to be littered with irrelevant, biased and damaging information. But this is where the viewer needs to step in. They need to be active and question what they see. Do their own research as well. Viewers who are active in watching television are not the stereotypical viewers. Viewers also need to know when to stop watching. Therefore those viewers who do not know when to stop or question content suffer. They need to be educated and helped out of the darkness. TV is such a wonderful thing when used correctly and in moderation. But I think this probably applies to most things in life.

      If television were to blame for some sort of horrible and incurable disease I think that most of the population would be pretty gutted. I would be. It is hard to tell whether or not it would be banned or not. I think age limits and time guidelines would be put in place at least. These are very hard to enforce however. TV is weaved into society now, it would be hard to remove. I read once that alcohol and tobacco would be banned on the basis of how addictive and harmful they are if they were not embedded in culture of society. I can see TV being a similar problem.

      The TV free world you talk of, after forgetting how much I would miss it, sounds amazing but too good to be true. Another form of media would reign supreme. Probably the internet. Propaganda and violent messages would continue in possibly an even worse form. Presuming the internet was banned as well, as a computer/phone/tablet screen is similar to a TV screen then we’d go back to radio.

      Either way the media free world has long gone and we just need to be an active audience instead of a dorment one. If we catch the right information and use it in the right way then there is no problem.

  5. Are you freaked out by kids learning computers?
    We just bumped into a guy and he was all freaked out about kindergartners learning computers. We are buying our not even two year old a tablet for Christmas. To me we live in a world with computers so it’s something for kids to learn.

    I wonder if when the pen was invented if people freaked if kids learned that.

    These kids and their d@mn heiroglyphics. What’s this world coming to?

    • No.
      Actually, its good they get to learn stuff at school which we never got a chance to. I learned it all hands-on. My little niece was even taught how to create their own animations at school !
      And kids are so much more computer-savvy; or should I say electronic-gadget-savvy at younger & younger ages.
      In fact computers can be a great help for special needs children too.

      What I do feel a bit concerned about, is the internet. Access to any kind of material at an Immature age is causing problems. And unfortunately parental guidance, security, vigilance can be overcome fairly easily.

      Further, only time will tell whether some crucial skills & abilities were inculcated or not eg. memory, critical thinking, etc. Physical posture/ailments might become an issue too.

  6. Good device for a 3 year old to play educational games on?
    It needs to be able to grow with them.

    Top on the list right now are a Kindle Fire and an Ipod touch (I have twins so am getting 2 devices, I need an Ipod to play music anyway, so that one is easy).

    I DO NOT want to pay $350 for an Ipad. I have never had a tablet before, or even a smart phone, just a computer and a laptop so I don’t have much in the way of expectations, I mostly need it for educational games for my soon to be 3 year olds.

    • You should get a solid durable tablet. Young children will not take good care of this kind of a device. Get something that can be dropped on the floor and knocked around without being damaged.

      You don’t need anything fancy or complicated. A young child will be happy enough with just the few games. No need to get one with word processors and internet browsers etc.

      There are tablets available that are specifically designed for children. Some of them are reviewed at the following address:
      http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/childrens-tablets/460/

  7. How to illustrate a kids book?
    should i use a computer, cut and pasting like the hungry caterpillar, or painting, or ink?

    • Any of these mediums could be suitable, it really depends on what the story is about. The collage style of Hungry Caterpillar worked for it because most of the book’s characters were formed of basic shapes. So if you were doing a book on fruits, teddy bears, jungle scenes and such it would work, but if you were doing a book on fairies some kids might find them a little disappointing.

      Many software these days can reproduce the effect of ink and painting with relative ease, allowing you to undo any mistakes and touch up areas or change colors at a whim. I would recommend PC and wacom tablet just for speed and efficiency. Not having to repaint whole scenes to publisher’s designs saves a lot of time.

      Children’s books involving magic and feminine themes seem best conveyed with flowing and soft images done with inks or watercolors. Younger audiences prefer color and shapes over intricate line work, while older ones seem to like better color schemes and less contrasts.

      I found works that used crayon or oil pastels and watercolor to be quite charming, there are nice effects one can achieve this way, where fine detail can be done in ink and airbrush or watercolor, washed over backgrounds done in chunkier pastel that show through due to the oil pastels blocking the watercolor.

      Do a few sketches in colored pencil and run it by some kids, see if the color schemes grab their attention. That’s a good test to see if the images are engaging. It’s hard to give a more accurate recommendation without knowing the genre and intended audience for the story though.

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