Hi Anne,<br />
I assume your main concern is around safety on the internet. there are few companies who specialized in this area. Here are two products that will do the job:<br />
<br /> http://kidrocket.org/<br />
<br /> http://www.kidzui.com/adw/kos2f?gclid=CMHr1d7KupACFReQGgodiRb9KQ<br />
I'll also recommend you to create a login that doesn't have administrator privileges for your kids. It will help to prevent them from doing damage to the operation system.<br />
I hope this stuff doesn't sound like foreign language to you, most of it is pretty easy tasks.<br />
Let me know how did it work out or if you have more questions.<br />
Anne, Are we talking about kids of a specific age, or for one child in general, or for a class?One point of my experience, having four children all with their own computers (not necessarily a good idea) is that the space for the computer should not take away from desk space for other types of homework. The child needs to have a workspace that is not monopolized by the computer, especially the keyboard and monitor. So use a keyboard drawer or slide-out shelf and use a flat panel monitor (not an old CRT).Are there other aspects of this topic you're fishing for discussion about?<br />
I would really recommend Magic Desktop as a software solution for kids 2-10 y/o. It installs over Windows and creates a safe and kid-friendly environment. Includes a simple internet browser, email client, some educational programs and a large collection of games. What is more, it offers parental control features, that many parents would like to have.
I will give you the general information related to workstation. Please identify and try to make for kid
Workstations generally come with a large, high-resolution graphics screen, at least 64 MB (megabytes) of RAM, built-in network support, and a graphical user interface. Most workstations also have a mass storage device such as a disk drive, but a special type of workstation, called a diskless workstation, comes without a disk drive. The most common operating systems for workstations are UNIX and Windows NT.
In terms of computing power, workstations lie between personal computers and minicomputers, although the line is fuzzy on both ends. High-end personal computers are equivalent to low-end workstations. And high-end workstations are equivalent to minicomputers.
Like personal computers, most workstations are single-user computers. However, workstations are typically linked together to form a local-area network, although they can also be used as stand-alone systems.