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Does Your Kid Need a $150 Tablet Made Just for Kids? Toys R Us Thinks So

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The Tabeo

My older daughter, 4, thinks my husband’s iPad her is iPad, and that my iPhone is her playground. She doesn’t have unfettered access to either one, but every chance she’s given she moves around on each like it’s her job.

Toys R Us just announced a $150 tablet made just for kids, the Tabeo, according to CNN, and surely the toy retail giant hopes that parents like us will buy it in order to reclaim our own devices.

They would be wrong.

The last thing my daughter needs is her own device. She actually doesn’t ask to use either of our devices all that much, but when we give one to her it’s hard to get it back. If we buy one designed just for her, it would be harder to regulate her usage, not to mention continue to try and make her understand that screen time is a privilege, not a right.

Besides, at a $150 a pop (which, yes, is less than an iPad), the Tabeo is still waaaaaaay too expensive for a child. At least a child in our house. Sure, it’s designed to be used (and dropped) by toddler hands. It comes loaded with 50 child-friendly apps and owners have access to an additional 70,000 free apps. It’s got all kinds of safety nets in places for the Internet.

But for all the reasons why my preschooler doesn’t own a cell phone, have a TV in her room or need her own iAnything is the same reason we won’t be buying her this: She’s gotten by without any of those devices to call her own for this long, we feel confident that she’ll be fine for several more years to come without one.

Photo credit: Toys R Us

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