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Introducing kids to the world of PC

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Donnie Fisher, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. Donnie Fisher

    Gangster

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    Location: Vegas baby !

    My son is 6 at the moment, soon to be 7. Whilst he is happy prodding at mobiles and tablets for simple games, youtube etc, he's itching to go at the PCs in the house.

    Also at school, they are starting to talk about making little powerpoint type documents and research of animals and what not.

    Is there are good way of introducing him to desktop / laptops ?

    I don't really want to let him loose on my PC login, so is there are good way/setup of doing it. Its almost like I want a kids version of windows. Super simple, but enough to do simple tasks.

    I dont have a mac, but could setup a linux machine rather than windows.

    Any ideas ?
     
  2. andy_mk3

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    Add a user account (non-admin), so settings etc will require admin password. I think you can get adult content blocking add-ons for most browsers. Show them the basics, how to turn it on, what the main things do, where to find/put pictures etc.
     
  3. skaif

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    At that age a raspberry pi would be awesome. They are such versatile little things and with Google apps for education they can pretty much do anything for school with them.
     
  4. LabR@t

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    Political correctness?

    Leave it to the school.

    Computers? You came to the right place
     
  5. andy_mk3

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    Helpful/10 post :D :D
     
  6. LabR@t

    Sgarrista

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    Lol,,

    Just get a pi3 install raspbian , gcompris and scratch will keep the lad busy
     
  7. Donnie Fisher

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    I'll look into those thanks.

    LadR@t, genuinely funny. :)
     
  8. maddness

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    Just get him a cheap second pc, saves all the faffing around with your own pc
     
  9. maschio

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 25, 2014

    Posts: 136

    When my daughter was five and a bit i bought her a dell windows PC. Bit less than 400 pounds.

    Windows lets you set up an age based account.

    She is now 8, writes her own stories on Word and tutors her friends at school when they struggle with PC's.

    They are like sponges and work it out for themselves:)
     
  10. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

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    Location: Surrey and London

    Kids love games. So just start teaching them the basics of being able to turn it on, login (maybe their own account) and how to get to a few games websites. my kids loved the friv.com website when they were younger as it has loads of games to discover. Once they understand the basics they will be able to learn everything else gradually.
     
  11. Evangelion

    Capodecina

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    ^^ This. I bought a second hand Pipo X7 for my son when he was 7, and it's been perfect for him.
     
  12. Dyson

    Mobster

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    I bought my eldest a second hand laptop, set it up for him with filters on web browser, and off he went. He was 8 at the time, now happily creates word, excel, and power point projects by himself - in fact he now helps my wife out with excel lol

    Much easier to let them have their own machine, keeps yours safe and sound.
     
  13. NMBlack

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  14. paradigm

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    Magicdesktop seems to get good reviews. My boy is a bit young at the moment, but I’ll be giving it a bash as soon as he’s able to try it!
     
  15. dan958

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    I'd recommend a cheap intel nuc. That way when the kid is being naughty, you can easily take the mini PC away :D
     
  16. robfosters

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    I thought political correctness, or hatred of it, was your speciality :p
     
  17. LewisRaz

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    I got one of those atom based tablet/laptops for my wife for £60 to stop her bothering my pc.

    was a bit sluggy at first but after running decrapifier scripts its a decent little unit now and I intend to let my daughter loose on it as soon as she can handle the idea of it.