Children need to know how to use a computer. To get the most from their education, they need to know how to use a search engine for research, find tutorials and online assistance, communicate with others, write papers and complete school assignments. They also need an early foundation in computer literacy to become proficient in the future.
The problem is the “digital divide” between families for whom a computer is a necessity and those for whom it is a luxury that they cannot afford. In an effort to bridge that divide (as well as provide a stepping stone from toy computers to the “heavy duty” PCs and Macs), Brad Johnson, Lisa Love and Greg Smith founded Tanoshi and created the Tanoshi 2-in-1 Kids Computer for children from ages 6 to 12 with features for both children and parents.
The Tanoshi 2-in-1 is a computer that converts to a tablet. It is fun, educational and affordable at less than $200. Kids play games on it, of course, but they also learn computer skills, investigate areas of interest, and connect with relatives and friends. Kids have all the software they need to complete school assignments and write papers. They can even practice their spelling. The features include:
- 10” Detachable Touchscreen,
- Detachable Ergonomic Kid-Size Keyboard,
- Installed Google Suite: Docs, Sheets, Earth, Gmail,
- Installed Educational Apps, including a fun introduction to coding,
- Millions of apps and games available in the Google Play Store, and
- Front and rear facing cameras.
Parents are happy with the “no muss, no fuss” guide on how to get the computer up and running and how easy it is to set the parental controls, which give you the ability to:
- Manage children’s screen time,
- Set time limits and remotely lock the computer,
- Set the computer’s “bed time,”
- Keep track of time spent on any one specific app,
- Block websites,
- Approve or deny purchase of apps, and
- Turn Photo Sharing on and off.
Also, parents can adjust each feature individually to give children more leeway as they mature.
Tanoshi is a small Silicon Valley-based startup with founders and employees who are brimming with IT experience from working at high-tech companies, including Google, Apple and Hewlett-Packard.
- Brad, CEO, worked for Vizio and Toshiba and consulted with startups and Fortune 500 companies on marketing strategies. Among his degrees is one in political economics from the University of New South Wales, a prestigious international research university.
- Lisa, CMO, is a rock star marketing strategist from Cornell University who co-founded Bing Note, developer of products that instill in children a love for learning and creator of “ABC’s With Bingzy Bee,” the first animated app for teaching the letters and sounds of the alphabet.
- Greg, DOF (Director of Fun), has an Associate of CISSP, a globally recognized certification for IT professionals. He has been a software quality assurance engineer for Northwest Evaluation Association whose software tests students to determine when they stand academically, for Beyondsoft and for Hewlett-Packard printers.
The Tanoshi 2-in-1 was chosen as “Best Laptop For Kids,” by Mashable, a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. It is already used by thousands of children worldwide.
Tanoshi has partnered with iFoster, a national non-profit organization, in providing foster children with computers to give them an equal opportunity in our computer-driven world.