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Yip Yap Debuts Pipsqueak 'Phone' for Young Kids

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Is this good for children?


Oct 23, 2012, 11:09 AM
I totally understand the desire of adults to protect their devices from the ravages of little kids. I do not understand providing a cell phone analog to a kid not old enough to handle the real thing.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is no different from the Fisher-Price work bench with plastic tools. Maybe this is no worse than a pedal car, but I suspect it is.

We all know that as adults these children will be using mobile devices and being fluent with them is going to be a key characteristic of successful people. Just as we do not allow the very young to drive their pedal cars in the street because they are unaware of the dangers or unable to compensate for them I have to wonder if we really need to be exposing the younger kids to this.


Oct 23, 2012, 11:36 AM
We really don't need to be exposing younger kids to this, but there are lazy parents out there that will look at this as sort of a "wireless leash". You see parents out there with the actual leash on their kids wrists, I've seen it many, many times. Now, they can stay on the sofa watchin TV and only get up if the bluetooth disconnects. Hell, they don't even have to yell anymore to find their kids, just call their bluetooth yip yap phone.

Michael at Yip Yap

Oct 23, 2012, 12:09 PM
Hello tzsm98,

Thank you for commenting and helping to move this dicussion about a new way of thinking forward.

As one of the parents in the household where this idea was born I'm curious whether or not you have young kids in your home currently? What "close adult supervision" do you feel would be necessary? This device has been well thought through and designed to give parents easy control without necessitating constant direct supervision.

If you haven't seen it yet I encourage you check out this 3 minute video about Pipsqeauk ( In it you'll see that the usefulness of Pipsqueak extends far beyond just another toy and ultimately the parents and their children will determine how Pipsqueak might fit into thei...

Oct 23, 2012, 8:08 PM
Well, I think it's a great idea. I have no idea what these other people are worrying about. "Exposing" them to what? Talking on the phone? Another chunk of plastic that makes noise? Oh no!

I wouldn't mind something like this myself. My next "phone" might end up being one of those huge "phablets" for Internet browsing. It would be handy to leave that in a suitcase and do calls and texting on this thing.

Oct 24, 2012, 2:03 AM
Well...I really never commented over whether it is a good idea or not. I became so incensed that I cannot get a good bluetooth keyboard for my Rezound. I think it is better than letting the two year old play with daddy's smartphone (which my cousin allows).

Oct 24, 2012, 2:07 AM long as you're here I'm going to pitch it to you... Please consider making a teen version of this device so that I can buy it for myself. It needs to be a full qwerty device capable of making calls and texting. Thanks in advanced.

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