EE has announced a new 4G connected tablet designed to keep children safer when browsing online called The Robin.
Parents will be able to manage how their children use the tablet, from web filtering to app management, and time control.
The device, launching on October 23, runs Kurio, a child-friendly interface layered on top of Google’s Android OS.
It also comes with more than 40 pre-loaded games, educational apps, and eBooks, including hits such as Fruit Ninja and Berry Rush.
Whenever content is downloaded from the app store, the tablet will ask parents to give their authorisation before children can access it.
The Robin uses a web filtering service which categorises and updates more than 450 million websites daily and prevents inappropriate content by managing “safe” and “block” lists.
The time control feature also gives parents the option to limit how much time children can spend using non-educational apps.
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Kids will get access to to Hopster, an interactive TV streaming app featuring kids’ shows and educational games based on the EYFS curriculum.
The app will let kids watch shows such as Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Thomas & Friends and Postman Pat.
In terms of hardware the Robin features 1GB of Ram, 8GB of memory with the option to expand using the Micro SD card slot, and a 2MP rear-facing camera.
It also has a 7-inch screen and what EE are calling a “child-proof bumper”, presumably to protect the tablet when it is inevitably dropped.
The Robin will be available for consumers in select stores from October 23, and available nationwide, online and through EE telesales, from November 2.
Pay monthly prices start at £13 a month and existing EE customers can get their hands on it without paying an upfront fee. It will sell for £129.99 on pay as you go.
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