Tabeo Tablet From Toys “R” Us Gives Parents A Lot Of Control

    September 10, 2012
    Chris Crum
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Toys “R” Us unveiled a new tablet device geared specifically towards kids today. It’s called the Tabeo, and comes with nearly 20 games, learning apps, storybooks, and other kid-friendly entertainment apps. There are 50 free apps pre-installed. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The device comes with safety features and parental controls, obviously. Kids can browse the Internet, but there is a full suite of customizable parent controls. Parents can set tailored levels of security for up to eight, so kids of different ages can all use it without too having more restrictions than parents deem appropriate.

The Tabeo has its own filter, which can be set to block 27 predetermined categories of content, and parents can choose additional sites to block as well. They can also select specific online content to unblock. Kids can actually send requests to their parents to unblock sites if they come across something they want to check out.

Parents, if they so choose, can even limit their child’s online time, by setting Tabeo to allow access only on certain days or during certain hours. If kids bypass the default browser, parents will get email alerts to notify them that their child may be browsing unfiltered content.

“Over the past year, we’ve spent considerable time talking to parents and children to determine what features and functions they really want in a kids’ tablet, resulting in tabeo,” said Troy Peterson, VP, Divisional Merchandise Manager at Toys “R” Us, U.S.

“We are proud that tabeo offers robust and flexible parental controls that can help protect children as they surf the Internet, and we are pleased to offer the tabeo App Store, which features only kid-safe content carefully curated by the Toys “R” Us team,” he added.

Here’s a look at the specs:

Tabeo Tablet Specs

The tablet comes with a green bumper to protect it from drops, as well as a USB cable and USB power adaptor. Toys “R” Us is also launching a suite of accessories, including different colored bumpers, cases, docks, and cables.

The Tabeo will be released on October 21, and will sell for $149.99. It’s currently available for pre-order at Tabeo.com and ToysRUs.com.

Tabeo tablet

Tabeo tablet

Tabeo tablet

  • Meaghan

    Will you be able to download Netflix or YouTube on the Tabeo?? My daughter always takes my devices for those reasons…it might be a deal breaker for me if you can’t seeing as she already has the innotab..

  • Merrill Millman

    Can Tabeo use skype and email?

  • Katrina

    Will it only be able to download books from the tabeo store or from B&N or Amazon also?

  • Melissa

    Can you skype with tabeo?

  • jessmil

    can u used facebook and used netflix in tabeo .

  • jessmil

    wish want is the diference from tabeo and nabi.

  • http://na constance

    Just got the tabeo and the netflix app won’t load!

  • Lana

    I agree, if you can’t get netflix and youtube then I won’t waste my money.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jeddins2 John Eddins

    I have spent Hours on Xmas day dealing with TABEO PARENTAL CONTROL SET UP. Thats what I wanted to do spend my holiday with a upset child because TABEO has a glitch with finishing the parental controls. which I still didnt get it to work.. I tried calling there number I got no answer, I tried online chat got a black screen. I then did research, and found out alot of people are having the same problem. I AM retuning it ASAP… NOTE> you cant finish the parental control you cannot do anything. no opening games. no getting help online from TABEO. NOTHING…. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT

    • tee

      I had the same problem on Christmas Day…. I finally got a hold of their registration dept, who informed me that so many people were trying to register all at once yesterday that it crashed the site. The reason you couldnt get through on the phone is because there was a 2 hr hold. I finally got through later that day around 4pm. The tabeo works fine now.

  • Temp

    On page 4/4 of the parental controls setup, the child’s name MUST be unique, for example: BillieJean1234. This allowed me to get last the error. Good luck.

  • Lovely Santos

    Do anyone have the number mine is still no it working

  • vicki

    I purchased my child’s tabeo two weeks before Christmas. I took it out of the box to become familiar with it. In doing so I saw that you had to set up the parental controls which I immediately did. So come Christmas morning I did not have to worry about spending all of my time trying to figure it out. Everything worked fine and she loves it. No problems at all.