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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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            Last Updated on October 16, 2019

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

            Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

            Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

            In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

            1. ScheduleOnce

              ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

              ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

              ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

              Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

              Available on Web

              2. Calendly

                Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                3. Assistant.to

                  For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                  From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                  While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                  Available on Web

                  4. Acuityscheduling

                    Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                    It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    5. Pick

                      Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                      At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                      Available on Web

                      6. X.ai

                        For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                        This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                        Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                        Available on Web

                        7. YouCanBook.me

                          is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                          They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                          Available on Web

                          8. Doodle

                            Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                            It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                            You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                            While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            9. WhenAvailable

                              WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                              Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                              Available on Web

                              10. Rally

                                Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                Available on Web

                                11. NeedtoMeet

                                  Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                  NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                  While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                  Available on Web

                                  Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                  In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                  To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                  Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                  A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                  Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                  If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                  Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                  With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                  Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                  Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                  Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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