Baby's first Crackberry
If it wasn't bad enough that grownups are walking into light poles because they are too busy texting the office that they'll BRB, now we need kids to get in on the game? Leapfrog has unveiled it's Text and Learn toy at the UK Toy Fair. It's a "baby Blackberry" called Scout that can text with the kid and is designed to teach tots a QWERTY keyboard (For you oldsters, that's the word you spell with your left hand when you assume the touch-type position on typewriter. What's a typewriter? Ask Grandpa.) It includes a calendar for learning dates, games that teach spelling and basic computer skills, including a pretend Internet browser.
Maybe this can be a boon to parents, especially when Junior can text mom that he's got poop in his diapers. Just don't let him make any booty calls to his imaginary friend.
The one advantage is it allows you to keep your toddler's paws off your Curve, but there's this little trick I've learned that I will share with you now. Say "No, this is Mommy's toy." If you want to add, "Get your own," this one will be available this summer in the U.S. in the $25 range, according to reports.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne