Kids get their own tablets, with parents in control

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Posted January 8, 2014
Children play with digital tablets on October 19, 2013, during the "Kidexpo" show at the Porte de Versailes exhibition
Children play with digital tablets on October 19, 2013, during the “Kidexpo” show at the Porte de Versailes exhibition centre in Paris
Kid-safe tablets and smartphones are hitting the market, giving parents more control over how the mobile devices are used.

 

Hollywood studio DreamWorks has joined the move, introducing its DreamTab at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in partnership with California-based manufacturer Fuhu.

The new device will be up against competition—including from French-based Kurio, which has its own tablets on display at the huge Las Vegas show, and is also introducing a kid-safe smartphone.

Fuhu already makes a tablet designed for kids called Nabi, but will expand its footprint with DreamWorks, teaming up with the animators behind films like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

The tablet will include programs to teach kids how to draw their favorite characters.

It will comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a US law that limits how much data can be collected from young children.

DreamTab will be sold later this year in eight- and 12-inch versions, running the Android operating system with Fuhu’s modifications.

Read more at: Phys.org



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