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    Default Tablet for a four year old

    I want to buy my son a tablet he can use to learn with. Something I can add apps to that he can play with. Any recommendations?

    I live in China so something I can buy out here.

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    amazon fire for kids is as good as I have seen just pay the extra to avoid the free stuff i.e. ads

    Not sure its available in china though
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    Agree with Ash, for a couple of quid a month - you get the all the Apps and you can regulate by age.

    What you want to avoid is (and what the kids seems fascinated by) are youtube video's showing kids opening presents / toys - the main offender being Ryan Toy's (an annoying little Asian kid).

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    Quote Originally Posted by prikphet View Post
    What you want to avoid is (and what the kids seems fascinated by) are youtube video's showing kids opening presents / toys - the main offender being Ryan Toy's (an annoying little Asian kid).
    And Blippi......I hate that guy...and Maggie & Steve...and....in fact Youtube should not be available for kids at all

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    There's actually a Youtube Kids app that has most of the functions removed and is quite kid friendly.

    My daughter just watches random videos with nursery rhymes etc.

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    Unfortunately, I think Blippi and Ryan are on that kids youtube app, I took it off my little ones.

    If you can get a VPN to CBBC, stuff like Operation Ouch and How it Works are worth watching for Kids and Adults alike

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    I found TunnelBear to be a simple to use VPN. Only use the free data version as I don’t use VPN enough.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I was actually looking for an actual piece of hard wear similar to an ipad that kids can handle with relative ease and play with rather than watch videos etc.

    We have the option of one of those all-in boxes with CBBC on etc but the internet supplier isn't reliable enough to accommodate it.

    My son loves to learn via games etc so I was looking for something to buy that caters for such.

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    If your son loves games I would suggest that you take a look at the Play Osmo website.

    www.playosmo.com/en-gb/

    You can use an iPad or a Fire Tablet. The games are excellent and they have added a lot more games since I bought the starter kit a couple of years ago.

    All the games are interactive and include word games, number games and even a game that teaches computer programming. It's is the games that are the most important thing rather than the tablet itself.

    I originally bought mine (which I have since sold) for the Masterpiece drawing programme that allows you to make an accurate drawing from a photo. It's a really clever system. Not that cheap though.

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    Barnet, Amazon Fire is what both I and Ash recommended. Once you buy the Tablet you can get this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazon-Fire-Kids-Monthly-Subscription/dp/B071RKY16Z
    which included Apps & Games etc.

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    I am amazed no one has suggested be carefull i understand the needs of the world now ,
    But should these things come with a Health warning YES I THINK THEY SHOULD .
    Eyes and headaches are a major problem caused by computers i suffer reading my works emails by phone to dim i can not read to bright eyes hurt one for the future this will be a problem 100 per cent sure .

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    If you are getting headaches from eye strain you will find that an eye test and specs will solve the problem.

    The link I posted is software that interacts with real games too. The iPad is really used like a TV but using the unique features that a tablet has. As far as I am aware the Internet is not used at all.

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    My daughter's 3 children all have tablets - the youngest is just 3. When I walk in the house they don't even notice me, they are like zombies. I wouldn't be buying my kids a tablet at all. These devices have changed society and not for the better.

    They will progress on to phones and spend their entire free time with their heads cricked reading some senseless dribble on Facebook or Snapchat ect.

    Of course its bad in the UK but I'm in Thailand at the moment and I have never seen so many people engrossed in some device or other. Groups sitting in restaurants - entire tables not talking to each other - heads buried in their tablet or phone. This is social media??? More like antisocial media.

    Let your kids learn as we did, play out, read books etc. and get some exercise by good old fashioned playing out.

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    Happening in the uk a BIG problem that no one cares about and in 20 years you will have the results ,but i might not be here ,To study them ,
    By the way its not eye sight we are looking at a bright background 12 hours a day like looking into the sun it will be a problem im not the first to mention this illness.
    But flip the Eu has destroyed this as your kids or kids dont have the same traditions ie easter

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    Totally agree with Flip it does get out of control and there is always problems with children not doing what they should be doing for eg. homework. For me it is a constant battle with my daughter who like so many others seem addicted. I am constantly hiding it as she fails to practice piano or plays with friends, they can be useful items but more likely will be a big distraction in the future. The zombies are everywhere and for me its an ANTI social network, I'm fed up too of people out shopping walking into me as they are not looking where they are going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samsung View Post
    Happening in the uk a BIG problem that no one cares about and in 20 years you will have the results ,but i might not be here ,To study them ,
    By the way its not eye sight we are looking at a bright background 12 hours a day like looking into the sun it will be a problem im not the first to mention this illness.
    But flip the Eu has destroyed this as your kids or kids dont have the same traditions ie easter
    Most of the EU celebrate Easter and most other christian festivals why do you blame the EU for everything when the main problem are the snowflake generation who pander to the ethnic minorities and the various other groups who seem to rightly have right and wrongly more rights than people who used to be regarded as normal.

    Amazon fire tablets for kids have good parental controls and can be time limited but obviously require good responsible parents to use these. They also have a screen mode that relieves eye strain.

    I use computers all the time and I do not get headaches or particularly eye strain other than age related issues, good employers offer annual checkups free which I believe is a legal requirement in the EU?UK.

    Anyone dumb enough to check emails in a dim light on a phone deserves a headache

    ingAs to noone caring check the employment regulations before posting such twaddle
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    Quote Originally Posted by ash View Post
    Amazon fire tablets for kids have good parental controls and can be time limited but obviously require good responsible parents to use these.
    Parental controls don't stop the Zombie syndrome though Ash. And whilst I agree that responsible parents should be limiting the time kids spend online - so many don't - "well its keeps them quiet doesn't it".

    My daughter was given a choice - she wanted a horse and a computer but I said its either or........she got the horse.

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    I'm all for limiting screen time at that age. And not because it's bad per se, but at that age, the screen addiction develops the fastest and kids grow an unhealthy attachment to devices instead of the people around them. It's an observed thing, look it up.

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    Not sure how watching a tablet for an hour a day is any different to kids watching TV for an hour a day in the 70's / 80's - up to the parents to regulate it, but to say they shouldn't have them is bloody daft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAS View Post
    Totally agree with Flip it does get out of control and there is always problems with children not doing what they should be doing for eg. homework.
    Since my daughter started the school academy most of her homework is done by the use of a tablet. Quite a lot of the school work is done this way now, teachers can monitor the kids without the need to leave their desk.

    At least I can monitor and restrict my daughter, its the adults who I have little to no control over.

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