I haven't gotten far enough in my dev/testing to figure this one out. The Droid (and Android 2.0..maybe 1.6) has some very nice features for some of us paranoid over-controlling parents. Namely, that portion of the map program that allows any gmail friend that you connect with to show you where they are at any time, a service that you used to have to pay for and be a pain in the butt to use, is something I would love to have working on a phone for my kids. I don't know if I could get a cheaper android phone that will work with this feature AND not cost me too much money to add it as a new line (do you get the same phone buying discount when you add a new phone to an existing contract?).. but there are some limitations that prevent this from being a kid friendly phone.
So kids around 14 and under, well.. with all the state laws about kids and cameras at school now, it should apply until they are 18 and out of school.. but it would be very nice to be able to actually remove some programs that come with these phones. I know they come with a camera, but since Android is so flexible, and I believe you can replace some apps like the virtual keyboard and such with your own, I was wondering if we could full on remove the camera app, perhaps a few other apps. I've only briefly looked at the folder layout in USB mode, and I do recall seeing a bunch of .apk files on there (that I did not download). I was curious if removing some of those would end up screwing up the phone, or if there is a safe set of apps that can be removed from the phone to make it more kid friendly.