iMote – Kid Friendly Remote Control

Take it or Leave it?

The iMote is a programmable TV remote just for preschoolers. You select and program the remote with five of your child’s favorite TV channels and the remote does the rest. Pick from 100+ colorful stickers to illustrate each button with the logo of your toddler’s favorite channels.

Honeysmoke says: Um, no.

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  • C. Jamie

    I wouldn’t waste my money on this. When they do watch tv, I put it on Sprout or Noggin, and put the remote out of reach. If they want to watch another cartoon, then they have to ask. I think it’s a cute idea, but it is not necessary at all. I want my kids to have choices, but I like their choices to be limited. I think it’s cute to buy them kiddie digital cameras, kiddie mp3 players, but they don’t need their own remote.

  • I’m with you, Honeysmoke. We don’t have cable anyway, so it’s a moot point. Our kids get shows via Netflix instant, if at all, and we are in charge of TV time.

  • Well, preschool children shouldn’t be watching so much TV that they need to navigate the channels. As for tuning into the wrong channel, I turn to the channel and put the remote where little hands can’t reach it.

  • Melissa

    I think the point being missed here is that with this remote the child can watch only the channels that are programmed into it. This would prevent them from inadvertently tuning into an objectionable show or disturbing news channel on their own.

    That said, the better approach would be for the parent to have control over any remote and, ultimately, what the child is viewing.

  • Blanc2

    Kids figure out regular remotes way faster than adults do. Dumbing things down for them sends them a message that they’re dumb.

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