Remember when you were a child at Christmas and even though you were lucky enough to get the toy you really really wanted that year you still played with the box more?
Adults love shiny new toys – and kids are no different – so it’s inevitable that they’ll want to get their grubby little mitts on your tablet, download Angry Birds and play it till the cows come home. As there are sure to be thousands of tablets wrapped up under the tree this year how do you ensure you actually get to use yours?
1. Disguise it
Ok, so I guess this one is a long shot. When they realise BBC iPlayer is coming from a previously innocuous looking black book they’ll know something isn’t quite right. Book style cases are available for pretty much every device and can give your tablet a sleek low-profile with a touch of anonymity. The beautiful DODOcase range for the iPad Mini and the Mini Retina - which is handcrafted in San Francisco using traditional book binding techniques – offers a classic minimalist style which is sure to keep the youngsters away (Click the image to see the DODOcase for Google Nexus 2 2013). If you want to take it a step further and really confuse then maybe this Klevercase is more your bag.
2. Use a parental control app
As well as blocking out the nasty stuff you don’t want kids to see parental control apps can also be used to block out the stuff they do want to see. Apps can be used as a sort of technological curfew – if you’re busy mowing the lawn and you don’t mind them playing with your tab for an hour you can turn their favourite apps on, whereas when you really need to catch-up on your e-mails you can turn their favourite apps off. AppCertain for iOS gives you ability to turn off all non-essential apps on your iPad or iPhone, allowing you to actively manage when and where your device is interesting to children or not. Apps such as Kids Place and Android Parental Control offer similar functions on Android, whereas Windows 8 has a built-in feature called Kid’s Corner all ready to go on new devices.
3. Buy another
By now I’m sure you are realising this task is more difficult than we first thought. Maybe giving them their own tablet may be the best answer? As the demand for tablets has increased the wide range of devices available (and therefore the wide range of different price points) has only grown. New for this Christmas, the Hudl is Tesco’s first foray into the world of technology but, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, was recently voted as the most family friendly tablet available by BBC One’s The One Show. Although it may be derided within hardcore tech circles it’s 1.5GHz A9 Quad-core processor is really quite good value for the £119 price tag…
4. Keep them interested in their new tablet
Come on. You didn’t think step No.3 was foolproof did you? Remember that really cool box at Christmas in 1982? The grass is always greener and whatever tablet you may choose to buy for your little critter will sometimes come second best to yours. Accessories are a must; and a funky case is a good start. The wonderfully fun range from TabZoo is designed to add a bit of bite to your child’s device and double up as a handy stand when watching TV or movies. The 8 inch size is designed to fit both 7 and 8 inch devices so the range is compatible with a huge number of tabs from the Kindle HDX 7 to the Samsung Tab 2 7″. A stylus will also add greater functionality and fun, allowing for better use of sketching, drawing and painting applications.