Children want everything that adults have, including iPads, tablets, smart phones, etc. While it is not advisable to give them everything that they want, denying them some of the electronic equipments can make them realize how little their parent loves them. Offering tablets to them is therefore a form of bribe, but it needs to be done to prevent more damage to parent child relationship. Luckily there are ample Tablets that are manufactured exclusively for children.
Difference between Tablets for adults and Tablets for children
Tablets for children are easily identifiable because of the colors of their frames though the screens are similar to the screens in Tablets of adults. Usually such frames have colors such as purple, light green, yellow, pink, etc., that one associates with children. Unlike these, tablets for adults are sleeker and come in sophisticated colors such as black, gray, white, etc. Internally, the memory sizes may differ vastly, though the processor may be equally fast. Operating systems in children’s tablets may also be different because these are used for running games, playing videos, and songs. However, features like cameras are available in children’s tablets as well. These tablets can be used to do homework and also surf the net. Children’s tablets usually have cartridges with their applications loaded on them. Browsers such as Safari can be used on these tablets.
The 3 best tablets for children
It is difficult to identify any tablet as best because each tablet has different feature. However, some features are better appreciated by children, and adults, alike. This is the reason the following three tablets are ranked amongst the top 3 best tablets for children in 2012.
a. Apple iPad - this tablet comes with M-edge supershell. The supershell is a foam protection for the tablet. This ipad has a touch screen and runs on iOS. It is one of the best Tablets for children because a lot of applications can be run on it, like painting, music, games, etc. Its drawback is lack of sufficient parental control. It is wi-fi enabled with 16GB memory card which can be upgraded. The product has a prohibitive price of $399.
b. Arnova ChildPad - this tablet is compatible with Android OS but has its own OS call Ice cream sandwich version 4.0. There are limitations to its usage, especially iTunes. It is available for $99 as of now.
c. LeapFrog LeapPad – Explorer. LeapPad has undergone a lot of changes. For starters its processor speed has increased to 550 Mhz. This helps it to run complex games and applications available in the market. This Tablet has two cameras; one in front and one at its back. Priced at $90 it seems considerably cheap, but its application cartridges are not. Some of them may even cost $25.
Criticism of iPad and other tablets for children
Parents are getting concerned about their children’s social skills because younger children are increasingly becoming addicted to surfing the net and playing games. Many people want their children to play outdoors, and find Tablets are keeping the kids indoors. However, there is no cause for concern as children are usually fascinated with toys for a while, but lose interest in it after sometime.
iPads, and other tablets help in making children smarter. They are essential as well because lack of such electronic toys will make children suffer with inferiority complex. As of now, children are enjoying their novelty and applications. It is not necessary that their social skills will take a beating. However, spending $399 for iPad may not be necessary, especially when other Tablets are equally good for running children’s applications.