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Little Tech Toy Big Idea

Reviewing: Fisher Price Easy Link Internet Launch Pad  |  Rating:
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What I love about this little tech toy is that my daughter loves it and has loved it since the moment she opened the box over a year and a half ago. With the simple attachment to a USB port and the download of software your child can navigate the internet safely on your personal computer while keeping all of your documents and computer functions safe. There is no risk of accidentally deleting a program or accessing anything they are not supposed to. I tested it and it's true she's locked out of everything even though she has access to the mouse and keyboard.

There were two version of the Fisher Price Easy Link Launch Pad sold. The first included smart keys for accessing Sesame Street, Fisher Price (think Little People) and Dragon Tales websites. The second sold exclusively through Walmart was a Disney version with Mickey Mouse, JoJo's Circus and Winnie the Pooh websites. We had so much fun with the original version I purchased the second version as well to use for traveling, it fits nicely along with my laptop in an outer pocket of my case with room to spare. There are also addition keys packaged in sets of 2 - Clifford & Arthur, Bob the Builder & Thomas the Tank Engine, Disney's Cars & Handy Manny, Disney's Higglytown Heroes & Princesses, and Barney & The Wiggles. We also have a couple of these additional keys as well.

Your child has complete access to all these sites have to offer, they can color, play games, read stories and play along, learn their shapes, colors, sounds, alphabet and numbers, design rooms & outfits, send postcards, listen to music, race, etc. but they are stuck within the confines of each key. There is a timer so that you can limit your child's access to the internet. The Fisher Price dog will bark and an alarm clock will go off to signify the end of a session. The internet continues to run in the background but can no longer be accessed. In order to exit a session the parent has to enter in a password they created when they downloaded the programming.

My daughter loves Mickey Mouse, JoJo, Elmo, Fisher Price, Princesses & Clifford the best.

There are a few simple reasons why I didn't give this toy a 5. First although none of them have broken to date (after a year and a half of semi constant play) the keys are a little difficult to snap in place. A two year old can still do it but it takes some pressure and I cringe everytime I hear it snap thinking a piece of the plastic key has broken. Second if you have a really touchy firewall it will take some finagling to make everything work. We initially had some trouble getting from the websites' mainpages to their subpages but we added the system to our approved list on our firewall and everything has been peachy since. Finally getting additional keys has been proven to be a daunting task. People on Amazon charge ridiculously high amounts (and I mean crazy $100+ for 2 keys) don't fall into that trap they can be found if you are willing to look.

The system can easily be bought now between $10 - $15 (boscovs.com & amazon.com) smart keys can be found on Amazon, ebay, and elsewhere if you are willing to do the leg work on them.