My 12 year old is bugging me for a netbook for Christmas. She's doing more and more school work on a computer so I'll probably get her one. I'm guessing this means Windows 7 (I hate the idea of giving money to Microsoft, but I'm not spending Mac money on a 12 year old). Two questions. 1. If she's looking at it solely for the simple stuff (surfing, word, powerpoint, excel) is this a good option? Anyone have any experience? Would I be better off getting her a cheap desktop / laptop (if so, I'm leaning towards desktop - cheaper warranties, more reliable, a bit less fragile). 2. Of course, I'm mindful about the fact that an unmonitored 12 year old can get herself into all kinds of trouble on the internet. Any parents out there have any recommendations for software that should hopefully help keep the bad stuff to a minimum? I'm sure the names I know (CyberSitter, NetNanny) must be years out of date by now. Thanks for any input.