My dad is a real techno guy! He loves gadgets and computers. From the minute my children were born, he was very excited about sharing his love computers with them. I remember them being a few months old (barely able to see the computer screen in front of them) and my dad would be teaching them how to use the computer. He would play colourful music videos, engage them learning games or teach them to them how to type with special child friendly pop up game. His persistence paid off because my children LOVE the computer and any similar gaming system!
Children and Computers!
Now that my children are getting older, they like to play on the computer themselves. This independence scares me. How many times have you been surfing a website like Walmart or Children’s Place and all of a sudden there is pop for a porn or gambling site. My children know that using the computer is a privilege and with the privilege of using it them must be responsible. We have rules that they have to ask to go to a certain website (usually Disney jr or Treehouse), if a pop up box appears they need to call me and I am allowed to see everything they are doing. They play in a common area where I am able to observe them (usually while making dinner) but I always worry that they are going to ‘accidentally’ come across inappropriate material.
Introducing the MOBIGO2
When I was given a Mobigo2 to test for PTPA. I was thrilled. I was hoping that this would provide the type of games my children were looking for when playing on the computer, with the safety feature of the Mobigo2 being designed especially for children. When I first held the Mobigo2 , I was impressed at how well it was built. Unlike some of the other gaming systems on the market, the Mobigo2 is a sturdy, well build gaming device that was built with children in mind. I love that it didn’t require an external casing or protection. Instead, the Mobigo2 is made out of durable plastic rimmed in a protective rubber layer that helped protect it from the many falls it experienced at the hand of my dropsy 5 year old. I liked that this system has both a standard gaming control, a touch screen (which is the way of the future) and a hidden QWERTY keyboard. This feature is important because it introduces my kids to the QWERTY keyboard in a fun way which help them learn keyboard placement, as skill necessary in this day in age.
I’m always hesitate when buying handheld systems. I worry that the kids will get bored, there won’t be enough games to make it worth our wild and that it will take a while to set up or teach the kids how to play. The Mobigo2 again excelled in all of these areas! It was extremely easy to set up! The batteries were easy to install, without the use of tools, and there were step by step instructions provided to download the required parental application. My favourite part is it came with the option to download free games. This is a real bonus! I hate it when you buy a new system and can’t use it right away because you don’t have any games! When I gave DS6 and DS4 for the first time, they didn’t require any instructions on how to use it. The system was easy for them to navigate through and they were enjoying the games and activities that it offered immediately. I loved that the games incorporated motion detection, blowing and sound, the QWERTY keyboard as well as the standard remote options. The apps available were outstanding. I loved that the kids thought they were playing video games while they were actually learning things like reading, math and vocabulary.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.