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A tablet for a child

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Apple’s iPad Air packs more raw horsepower in its 64bit A7 chip than most of its computers did a decade ago. Surely, such a computer deserves careful use? PHOTO COURTESY APPLE

It’s not that I have anything against either Android or Windows 8, but the hard truth is that there simply isn’t enough good software targeting children on either platform yet. That’s not to say that there isn’t anything, but developers go where the money is and in very specific markets like photography and software for kids, they went for iOS early and hard. So while the competition catches up, let’s have a conversation about setting up an iPad to be used by a child.

There are four things you need to consider before putting such powerful technology before an impressionable mind: security, software, protection and monitoring. Setting up security makes an iPad just a little more troublesome for an adult to use and will require you to be fully aware of your password, but it will also prevent adventurous little fingers from deleting software or running up your credit-card bill with either deliberate or accidental in-app purchases.


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