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5 Kid-Friendly Tablets That You Should Consider Getting For Your Kids

5 Kid-Friendly Tablets That You Should Consider Getting For Your Kids

In this tech savvy world many parents are concerned in buying tablet computers for their kids that can be a great way to cut their cyber-teeth. Considering that the children are the future tech consumers the electronics industry hardly caters to children. There are a handful tablets out there which are specifically designed for kids and their little hands. These kid-friendly tablets are loaded with age-specific games, learning apps, parental controls, app access, content filters and even usage timers.

 Here are a few kid-centric tablets options to consider:

1. CLICKN KIDS, CNK, $100

ClickN KIDS

    Pro: Economical, long battery life, parental controls, phonics program

    Con: Dark screen, hard to find controls

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    A low-priced, entry-level family Android tablet comes with preloaded 30 apps, including Looney Tunes Phonics series (which normally costs an additional $30). The company is revamping its design to make this easier to use. It also has a pack of parental controls, comprising app approval, content filters, usage controls and activity monitoring. But it will require some time and patience to really take advantage of all these features.

    2. LeapPad Ultra, Leap Frog, $145

    LeapPad

      Pro: Parental control, Child-safe web browser, Built-in Wi-Fi to download games

      Con: Slow Performance

      The LeapPad Ultra is a 7-inch tablet suitable for 4-9 year olds that has built-in Wi-Fi to access a child-safe browser and download apps. It is sturdily engineered with an elevated bezel to protect the screen and solid buttons making it ideal for smaller hands. There are already 11 apps pre-installed and above access to 800 pre-installed apps, games, e-books and video that range from $5 to $30. Parents have control on what content can be downloaded and the web browser is a closed environment so there’s no chance of wandering onto a bad website. On the other hand, the performance of the tablet is a little slow, but you can safely give it to a child unsupervised.

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      3. Tesco Hudl, Tesco, $190

      Tesco Hudl

        Pro:Useful start-up guide, External Micro SD card support, 3-megapixel main camera

        Con: No child-safe environment

        Tesco Hudl is a really affordable 7-inch Android tablet giving your child access to Google Play and a host of suitable Android apps and games like Angry Birds. The Hudl is meant to be a tablet for the complete family and therefore the matte rubber back and 9.85mm thickness makes it ideally fitted for smaller hands to grip it with.

        The Hudl does not offer any software or applications to make this a child-safe environment. Instead, Hudl advise you on the suitable parental control apps to download from Google Play, setting content filters on YouTube videos and inspecting maturity ratings on film and TV content. There’s an extremely clear and compact guide to assist you to get started thus if you’re on a budget and searching for an extremely easy to use Android tablet, the Hudl may be a smart choice.

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        4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NookNote 3 Kids Edition, Samsung, $199

        Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

          Pro: Great battery life, beautiful high-end tablet

          Con: Expensive, fewer parental controls

          Like the other kid-friendly tablets, the Galaxy Tab 3 also easily switches between adults and children. Overall, it is one of the best and easiest to use kid-specific devices around. In Kids Mode, children can use pre-loaded apps and games; also there is an option to add more from apps from the Kids Store and the Google Play Store. The Nook Galaxy Tab  also gives Parents the choice to approve apps and set time limits on the device use.

          The Nook tablet comes with a bumper or a case, which additionally doubles its protection. With nine hours of battery life, this tablet can survive on a single charge. When it comes to web surfing and overall Internet security this tablet has nothing to handle this issue. Parents can’t really observe or limit which websites or categories kids can visit.

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          5. Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Amazon, $139

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            Pro: Fast, fashionable, Kindle FreeTime

            Con: fewer parental controls

            Kindle Fire HD from Amazon is one of the most famous tablets in the world for kids. The new edition of the Fire HD sports a very fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor that can easily handle games, apps, and movies. Besides the affordable price, the Fire HD is Kindle Fire FreeTime that allows parents to create different profiles for each of their children and give their kids access to suitable books, apps, games, and videos.

            Kindle FreeTime Unlimited also gives you access to kid-friendly games, e-books, learning apps, movies and TV shows with set time limits for usage. Overall the Kindle Fire HD is the best tablet you can buy for kids of all ages.

            Featured photo credit: Eric Peacock via flickr.com

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            Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

            Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

            Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

            Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

            1. Lumosity

            This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

            Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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              2. Fit Brains Trainer

              This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

              Free.

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                3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                  4. Brain Fitness Pro

                  The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                  Buy for $3.99.

                  5. Happify

                  If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                  Free to use.

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                    6. Clockwork Brain

                    You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                    Free.

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                      7. ReliefLink

                      Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                        8. Eidetic

                        Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                          9. Braingle

                          Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                          Free.

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                            10. Not The Hole Story

                            If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                              11. Personal Zen

                              This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                              Free.

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