Following the news we brought you on Wednesday that VTech is planning on bringing out a child-friendly tablet this year, it's only fair that we tell you all about the LeapPad Explorer - LeapFrog's assault at the kiddie tablet market.

Like VTech's effort it has a 5-inch touchscreen, tilt motion controls and is tough and durable so will be able to withstand a few drops and bumps along the way.

It packs in a camera with video recording capabilities, a microphone, and there's an animation studio built in for creating movies.

It will launch with a library of over 100 games, videos, eBooks and flash cards and it is backwards compatible with last year's Leapster Explorer content.

"LeapFrog created the first interactive learning experience with our original iconic LeapPad Learning System in 1998," said Craig Hendrickson, senior vice president and chief product officer for LeapFrog.

"After 10 years of research into the most proficient ways for children to learn, we are doing it again with LeapPad Explorer. 

"LeapPad Explorer is a multifunctional learning tablet that can ignite children's imaginations and learning, but also handle a little rough and tumble play. This will be the must-have gift for all eager learners."

Priced at £79.99, with games at around £15-20, the LeapFrog LeapPad is expected to hit at "the beginning of summer" this year. - learn about it / talk about it / deal with it At parents can find all the advice they will need to keep their children safe online. Designed specifically for parents, the site offers a wealth of up-to-date, unbiased information and advice about how to deal with online safety. Parents can learn about the latest issues and technologies, get great tips on how to talk about online safety with their children and get the best advice on dealing with issues and taking action. Created with experts, Internet Matters provides detailed information, but also signposts to best-in-class resources from individual expert organisations. Our goal is to ensure parents can always access the information that they need, in a format that is clear and concise.