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Technology is everywhere — from your child’s classroom to their gaming console. For many kids, learning how to use a computer isn’t just a helpful skill, it’s a requirement for success. Kid-friendly computers are the perfect solution to help teach your kid the skills they need while keeping them safe online. Keep reading to find out what to look for when shopping for your kid’s first computer.

Desktop or Laptop?

Laptops are growing in popularity thanks to their portability. But is a laptop the right choice for your child? Keep in mind that a desktop PC is stationary, while a laptop can be moved anywhere. Some families choose not to purchase laptops in order to have more control over how much time kids spend online, and to monitor their activity. Figure out what works for your family, and set basic ground rules for computer usage depending on your decision.

Safety

Online safety is a top concern for many parents. Keep kids safe online by selecting a computer with filtering software already installed. The Geek Squad recommends looking for a software like Windows Live OneCare Family Safety, NetNanny or CyberNanny. According to the Geek Squad, “These programs can help your kids surf the Internet safely, without being exposed to any hazardous material.”

Also, look for computers with a kid-friendly Internet browser, like KidZui, built to keep your little learner safe online. The First Spark kids PC from BestBuy includes a free one-year subscription to both Net Nanny and KidZui.

Brett Lee, Cyber-safety Consultant joined me on The Drive Home to discuss this topic.