Whether we like it or not, tablets have become a part of children’s culture. Kids are drawn to the touch-interfaces and want devices that function just like their parents’ gadgets do. We’ve certainly been through our share over here, with several different variations sent our way for editorial consideration. My seven-year-old can power down a device with one quick “time’s up!” reminder, but my five-year-old son appears to be hardwired to this sort of play. It’s a challenge to have him shut off a game without some sort of struggle. And that’s all the more reason for me to be vigilant about content, device parameters and kid-safe web environments.
LeapFrog, a long-term brand partner for us, recently launched the LeapFrog Epic. It’s a tablet for kids that runs on Android, and it’s been such a big hit that we had to share the news before our holiday gift guide comes out and offer a reader giveaway!
With a 7″ touchscreen my kids noticed right away that the LeapFrog Epic looks and feels like a real tablet. It’s my favorite device for the kids because unlike the other tablets in our home the LeapFrog Epic has robust parental controls, exclusive age-appropriate educational content, and a kid-safe environment.
The device accommodates three separate user profiles, which each child can completely customize with their favorite games, art, scenes, characters and more. My kids enjoy scrolling around their custom built (and completely different) cities, collecting stickers, and shifting from day to night. They’ve been having great fun with the amazing camera that captures quality images and video, and the voice recorder alongside the Mad Libs type game. The kids can even check the weather on the device right here in NYC!
The Android functionality is perfect for kids since it doesn’t have any in-app purchases and advertisements. The device comes loaded with more than 20 installed fantastic apps and the option to add popular Android offerings like Fruit Ninja Math Academy and Doodle Jump. Like all LeapFrog learning games, the LeapFrog Epic intuitively adjusts levels to accommodate for the child’s growing skills.
I appreciate the ability to set time parameters along with the reassurance that all content is engaging and appropriate (unlike some of the mindless garbage that crept up on our other tablets). The Leap Search browser is incredibly fun for the kids to explore kid-approved web content based on my parental parameters. And as the kids grow and become more tech savvy, the Epic can be set to open the web – making it a device that truly grows with the child.
Win It! We’ve partnered with LeapFrog to giveaway a LeapFrog Epic ($140 value) to one lucky reader. Enter via the rafflectopter below and check back to see if you’re name pops up as the winner! Best of luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
We’re LeapFrog brand partners but opinions as always are my own. Thanks for reading!