Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
Baby BlackBerry: Evil or the Evilest Baby Product?
LeapFrog, the company whose concept of educational toys includes the magic of electronic sounds, LCDs, microchips and batteries, is set to unleash another amazing product.
Called Text & Learn, it’s a BlackBerry-like hand-held device for ages 3 and up. It teaches those all-important thumb texting skills that every cell phone-packing first grader must prove proficiency in before graduating to second grade.
Text & Learn contains games about spelling and computer skills. It also lets you exchange text messages with a fictional friend and surf a fake web browser. The toy was announced at UK Toy Fair last week with a US announcement pending.
I don’t expect any BlackBerry-packing parents to understand this, nor parents who believe it’s never too early to stick a computer into a child’s hands, but I dare say there are some grown-up activities that should not be encouraged in emulation play. [This is Burn Your Blog Day where I offend my core audience by being honest.]
One a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being admission into the Evil League of Evil, how would you rate this baby product?