Are Toddler-Proof Tablets a Godsend, or a Terrible Idea?

Are Toddler-Proof Tablets a Godsend, or a Terrible Idea?

Taryn Williford
Aug 3, 2011

Tablet apps for preschoolers are popping up everywhere, and it's forcing the child-less to sit back and wonder, "Are people really handing over their $500 tablets to tiny little people who haven't even figured out how to not wet their pants?" Apparently, yes. Because now we have the VINCI Tab, a mobile touchscreen computer designed for babies and small children to use.

Kids love touchscreens. And if mommy needs a minute to lay back and shut her eyes, I guess there are worse things she can leave her kids with than a small device coursing with electricity and covered with a pane of glass the size of their heads. Wait, what?

The reality is, tablets can be a great learning tool for everyone from small toddlers to older children, thanks to a wealth of age-appropriate educational apps on the market. The trick is to making sure your kids—and your investment—stay protected.

A Tablet Just For Toddlers
It's that desire for protection (for both the user and the device) that prompted devices like the VINCI Tab (pictured far above) to rise up as viable products. Besides being physically safe, with soft-cornered and non-toxic handles, VINCI protects its data, too. The kids' tablet has no WIFI or 3G functions, which minimizes emissions and makes sure Suzie doesn't run up your credit card bill with unintended app purchases (apps are bought through and wire-loaded).

Kid-Friendly Cases
If you're not into dropping $400 on a tablet just for your kid (that's how much VINCI Tab is expected to retail when it's released in August), you can still toddler-proof your big-boy tablet with a heavy-duty case. The TridentKraken Hybrid Case for iPad ($32.99) and Speck's iGuy Standing Cover ($39.99, pictured above in green) are both great options for iPad users.

Insure Yourself
Whether you drop big bucks on a kid-friendly mobile computer or let little Billy have his way with your pricey device, insuring your investment is never a bad idea. Invest in an extended warranty for the devices you hand off to kids (like the AppleCare Protection Plan for iPads) or see if your homeowner's or renter's insurance might cover any in-house accidents. There are also independent insurers that will quote you protection plans for as little as $5 per month.

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