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Archos Child Pad: Too Much, or Reasonable?

More than once, I have been labelled a Luddite. And I’m strangely OK with that considering how much time I spend looking at and writing about new tech and gadgets and other neat things that require batteries. But sometimes I see something that’s being hailed basically as the greatest thing since we developed the microchip, and I can do nothing more than sit back, shake my head, and wonder…does anyone actually parent any more?

Enter the Child Pad from Archos. Developed intentionally to serve toddlers, it’s a 7-inch tablet with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 1GHz processor, and 1 gig of RAM. It comes with special Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 content (oh boy!), and a “special” browser that’s supposed to be safe for children to use. Colour me skeptical. It also comes pre-loaded with a bunch of apps and games that are supposed to be entertaining as well as educational.

I don’t know…do little kids really need a tablet? I mean, I get that we live in a digital world and all that, but it just seems unnecessary to me. The tablet is taking the place of the computer, which took the place of gaming consoles, which took the place of TV…which took the place of spending actual time with your kids talking to them about things. Call me a stick in the mud, but I prefer kids, especially the little ones this is geared toward, who play outside, use their imaginations, get exercise, and in general learn how to interact with the actual world rather than just through the internet. There’s plenty of time later to chain them to electronic gadgets.

Anyway, if you’re not like me and think this is something your child might need, it’ll run you just $129.99 US.

Source: YourTechReport

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