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Will this toy keep 'em off your cell?

Leapfrog

OMG! A BlackBerry for babies? Now toddlers can soon obsessively text and type like their parents.

Unveiled at a toy fair in England, the Text & Learn by LeapFrog lands in the United States this summer - and perhaps prove as addictive as the real-life crackberry is to adults.

The gadget, recommended for ages 3 and up, is designed to teach spelling and computer skills. It doesn't connect to the Internet but allows kids to text, play games and navigate with arrow keys.

We're a little perplexed. Is this toy really necessary?? What do you think about texting for tots?


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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Me! February 4, 2009, 10:35 PM

I think it’s cute and at least it’s not for show like other faux flip phones for kids. I know the price tag will not be so cheap so that’s where the learning benefit justifie the price tag whatever it will be. I do think it’s realy cute and will be looking for it this summer. What’s the fake cell phone, fake keys, and fake car for if they can’t have a fake blackberry.

In saying that though it does make us sound like we are passing on horrible fake social values to our children.

Anonymous February 4, 2009, 10:58 PM

i think it is cool and cute .. let kids try to practice for texting in case of emergency or something or notify parents.. or secret code

Maria@conversationswithmoms February 5, 2009, 1:49 PM

I think it’s a fun way to learn how to read and write. But talk about getting them hooked on texting early.


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