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shadowsapprentice
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New to this and needing advice

Just received a Nook Color Tablet about 1 week ago and I have only downloaded 3 games for my 3yo

daughter.  We play together and she has pushed every button on it and had deleted the game from the screen and also trying to download other applications.

 

My question is I am hoping for a way to lock the Nook with a parental code of some kind to keep her on just the Game she is playing and not access everything and delete or buy new

 

if it is not possible with the stock Nook Color, I have heard about the N2A cards and android system

Is there a application that will allow me to control what she can access on it and not delete or buy more ?

 

thank you:smileyindifferent:

 

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bobstro
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Re: New to this and needing advice

If you go with an N2A card, or better, do it yourself, you'll have access to the Google Play Store (GoPS). That will let you purchase and run a wide selection of apps. Be aware that this doesn't turn your 3 year old tablet into the equivalent of a modern tablet. Depending on the version of Android you boot using the N2A card or have installed, it might run reasonably well.

 

Many of the launchers, the programs responsible for the user interface you see when you turn on the tablet and which let you drag icons around and uninstall programs, let you lock the home screens. That might suffice for keeping your daughter from breaking things by playing around.

 

If you don't save your password in the GoPS app, no purchases can be made without a password. If she manages to get into the GoPS app, she might be able to install free apps, or uninstall apps.  You can probably hide the GoPS app icon well enough to foil a 3 year old. If not, buy her a state-of-the art tablet and a computer for application development. The kid has a bright future in technology. Encourage her! :smileyhappy:

 

If you spend some time configuring your NC, it can be a good platform for running a handful of simple games. Whether it's worth the effort is up to you. It may not run your (or her) favorites.

 

Personally, I'd learn how to install the Cyanogenmod software onto your NC yourself, since you may have to re-install if she breaks it in the future. N2A and its competitor Android for Nook (AFN) are just repackaging of the Cyanogenmod software onto microSD cards and sold for (IMO) excessive prices. While both contribute a bit of profit back to Cyanogenmod development, N2A didn't initially, and both often promise more than they actually deliver.

 

With realistic expectations, you can probably do what you want.

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shadowsapprentice
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Re: New to this and needing advice

thank you for the great advice and post
since my daughter has a sensory disability, she always needs my full attention. I feel that a card would be the best for me.
locking the home screen sounds great if I knew how to do it. as far as the tablet and computer, she has crashed our home comptuer and it still does not run corectly. For now she can use my Nook Color untill we buy (Nauby?) for her
sounds like a great little tab for kids
on a side note, which card would be better
N2A or the A4N ?
thank you again and keep up the great support for all of the tablet users
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bobstro
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Re: New to this and needing advice

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I'm biased towards the AFN card simply because they stated early on that they'd contribute to Cyanogenmod (the folks that actually write the software). I believe N2A does so now, but the impression I got from the CyanogenMod (CM) developers was that they felt these outfits were profiting from work they've developed for free. Either will probably work just fine for your needs. You might go for one based on CM7 rather than the newer 10 since it is less resource intensive, and you're not after the fancy features the newer versions offer. CM7 tends to run more smoothly on the aging NOOK Color.

 

I use the ADW EX launcher. It provides a "lock" safety switch to prevent inadvertent changes on the home screen. It can easily be turned off by anybody savvy enough to find the settings, but you can hide those with a bit of work. I'm sure other launchers have similar features. You could create a single launcher screen that only shows a select few icons. You could try booting the device with an "open" launcher so you can install software and configure it, then launch a locked down ADW configuration before handing it to your daughter.

 

A better alternative might be to try something like Kid's Place designed to tighten up access to the device. I've not used it myself (my boys are out of college now), but it does look like it's compatible with a NOOK Color running CyanogenMod 10. I'd have to check it against CM7. AppLock looks like a more serious (technical) solution, but also appears to work on CM01 on a NC.

 

Good luck with it!