Easy Link Internet Launch Pad

Common Sense Media says

PC add-on lets young kids surf safely.

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At the Fisher-Price games, some use Fisher-Price toys as the basis for the games.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this computer add-on creates a safe Internet experience for children ages 4 to 7 by locking them into pre-selected, age-appropriate sites and blocking them from files on your computer. Although kids younger than 4 can probably use these sites, we don't recommend allowing kids that young online; the software has parental controls that allow you to set time limits for online play. You can add more Internet destinations by purchasing add-on keys. The activities on the specially created Fisher-Price games and activities Web site sometimes promote toys by featuring them in online games.

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Kids say

What's it about?

EASY LINK INTERNET LAUNCH PAD provides a safe Internet experience that locks kids into age-appropriate sites and won't let them click into the files that are on that computer. Each character takes kids to related game sites online: Elmo links to the games section of the Sesame Workshop Web site (www.sesameworkshop.org); Zak & Wheezie go to the Dragon Tales section of the PBSKids.org; and the Fisher-Price dog leads to a specially created Fisher-Price games and activities Web site.

For $30, parents get a 10-inch-by-6-inch plastic launch pad that plugs into a Windows-based computer via a USB cord and has three plastic character Smart Keys. Parents place one of these keys into the device's centered green plug, the key lights up, and the computer automatically launches the associated Web site. The device sits in its own mouse pad, and kids use the device's arrow keys and your own computer mouse to navigate within the games found on the Web sites. Parents can remove their keyboard and keep it safe from sticky fingers.

Is it any good?

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While the Fisher-Price activities are based on toy lines and sometimes promote the toys on which they are based, they do offer good opportunities for first-time computer activities. Kids may need help inserting the character keys. Additional smart keys are available in two-character packs for $6.99 -- Thomas the Tank Engine comes packaged with Bob the Builder, for example. The program comes with controls that allow parents to set a timer for how long kids can play, and determine whether printing is allowed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which destination they like best, and what games at that destination they like to play. After playing a game about a toy, do you want to own that toy?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Fisher-Price
Release date:July 25, 2007
Genre:Preschool
ESRB rating:NR for (Windows)

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Parent of a 6 year old Written byZuma_martin October 11, 2010
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great for kids

great learning for my child. don't have to worry about what they are seeing on the internet.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byValerielovesreviews December 18, 2010
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Great product!!!!! (READ MY REVIEW!!)

I love ittt!!!! i bought it yesterday and my child is in love with it when i bought it it was 16.00 dollars and it was 25% off so it was 12.00 dollars. It conmes with 3 games and if you want anymore you would have to buy them seperatly and when you buy the seperate games it comes 2 in one. they sell Thomas the train and Bob the builder togather their is also mickey mouse and many many more ................ But the prblem is that the games are actually more expensive then the actual Easy link... :( but you usually find them on sale at waltmart or toys r us. But overall it is a very good product i recomend it for children over 3 and the best thing about it is that i dont have to worry about what site they are on because it safe and secure!!!!! RECOMEND YOU TO BUY IT FOR SUREEE!!! (The only thing i dont like is that the aditional games are a little pricie ....:(..)ts up to you if you want to buy aditinal games because it already comewith 3 (Elmo, A dragon one and a little fisher price puppy) IMPORTANT!= just so you know it dosent work with wondows 7 or any Mac computers and must have internet connection. Hope this review helped you!
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Adult Written bymarinegyrl00 April 9, 2008
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A must have for pre-schoolers

This was the best gift I could have bought my children. My 3 and 4 year olds love. It lets them go to the website of there choice and locks the computer down to all other areas. The best part is is was only $10.00 at Walmart and the additional links were $3.00. The best value.

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