I’m always a little skeptical when I hear about kid-friendly PCs. I’ve seen plenty of five year olds who are more adept than adults at using a computer to surf the web, find Flash-based video games, and pull up YouTube videos of their favorite songs.
Of course, that same facility with computers is what will probably make it easy for kids to get into the shadier areas of the interwebs where parents would rather not see them go, which is probably why there’s a market for “kid-friendly” software which also happens to be parent-friendly thanks to security settings that let you block certain web sites or keep track of what your children are doing with a notebook.
With that in mind, PeeWee PC, a company which offers laptop and desktop computers aimed at kids, has now launched the PeeWee Kit, a software suite aimed at kids. The software comes on a 4GB USB stick, and it’s particularly targeted at users that want to make a low cost netbook into a kid (and parent) friendly machine.
The PeeWee Kit includes educational games and software, as well as a suite of security software which lets parents control how and when the laptop by limiting the amount of time a kid can use the computer and blocking access to certain sites. Parents can also remotely control the computer, view browsing history, and take screen shots. Nobody tell the folks at the Lower Merion School district about this.
The PeeWee Kit is available on a 4GB USB flash drive for $30. A CD-ROM version will sell for $20.here are versions for Pre-K, early elementary, and upper elementary students, covering ages 3 through 12. The software requires Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7.