What does everyone recommend as the best computer to introduce a child to? I put it under classic computers because it seems that you can get much closer to the metal on an old 8bit, but I'm open to any suggestions of modern systems, i.e, Raspberry Pi, old laptop, etc.
Ideally I'd like my son, when he's older, to be able to get familiar operating a keyboard with simple educational games and move up to simple programing, as opposed to just using a modern appliance like iPad like most kids seem to be doing now.
Off the top of my head I'd think TI/99a - simple and very cheap, Apple IIe - tons of educational software and expandable.
I also have an Atari 800XL and love that, so another option is to set up an XEGS I have since I have it already and it seems pretty robust. Maybe get a 400 which seems pretty child friendly with the membrane keyboard and then graduate to the XEGS?
Or, do I dispatch with the whole classic computer angle, and set up a locked down cheap laptop?
You might have to do both. Or just go with a modern locked-down (or easily restorable) laptop. Social media like instantgram and snapperchat are going to important to today's youngster. And that means iPhones and iPads. They are going to want what their peers have. And that is not a 40 year old clunker.
You'll have to control the amount of incoming narcissism generated by social media though. Most had their 1st iPhone by the second grade. And now they're pretty snotty and spoiled. Most had iDevices and Macs. Windows' systems are a no-go. Too much technicality and progress bars.