My 7 year old gets limited playtime as far as video games and TV go. He has ADHD so even if he doesn't want to I make him run around outside and play with his friends or ride his scooter or something. He sometimes plays PS but for the most part he plays ABCMouse or other learning games on the computer. He wants a laptop for xmas this year so we're going to get him one (just a mini laptop, not one with all the bells and whistles) I think it will be beneficial for him to know his way around a computer and it will be nice for him to have a screen of his own for all his games. He will still be limited though and not be aloud to sit on it all day.
No. I get educational, fun gifts they would really enjoy. Sometimes a really cute clothing item, slippers etc.
I did get my SN an iPad with his money. But there are limits on it and I def. wouldn't have gotten it for Christmas for him. For one I can't afford to get one for everyone and for two it's fun but not entirely necessary and what fun is a gift that has usage limits?
Quoting *B & D Mommy*:" Yeah..like how much older are you talking? Just curious lol. "
Like at least 8. Possibly 10, if they aren't willing to limit their use.
Quoting Sammi + Bailey *JAS08*:" I wouldn't buy one for my kids at any age. DD is 4 and already uses my cell phone better than I can :oops: ... [snip!] ... park for an hour and will continue doing that until it gets too cold. Maybe you can set up play dates at the park or something?"
Those are great ideas! I definitely need to do something..tired of being a lazy parent!
Quoting *B & D Mommy*:" Yeah I honestly agree to a point..especially if they aren't getting outside and all of that. I remember ... [snip!] ... of that. I remember I never had anything of the sort growing up..I was ALWAYS outside no matter what..hated being inside lol"
me too. we got a computer when i was 12 and it was very limited. parental controls and time limits that automatically kicked me off. i think i got an hour for day and if i had homework then i had no time for games (neopets lmao)
Nice to hear your opinion ladies! Sorry I can't respond to everyone..this thread is getting faster replies than I thought lol
Depending on the age, I think it's okay for teenagers who I know will take care of it but for small children, I would never. It's expensive and too fragile for small children. If they lost it or broke the screen I would lose my mind
Quoting MyMonkeysNAMEisFINGERS:" I don't see how it is any different from a leap pad or other tablet geared toward children. There are ... [snip!] ... I would consider getting my 3-year-old one, not an iPad but maybe an Android tablet because I prefer Android over apple. "
BUT, for a young child i wouldnt give it as a gift.
My daughter has used MY iPad since we bought it and that was when she was 3. The toddler apps are awesome! she truly learns a great deal.
and, we have some TV shows loaded like Bubble Guppies and YGG.
It gives us more options for quiet time and distraction when needed (i.e. when visiting other peoples homes, in a hotel room or a restaurant).
We LOVE having it.
I'm not sure what we will do when she is older, but some how she will learn the value of money as well as earning and respecting money.
I don't think it's a big deal. I think an iPad is a great tool and I would get one for my four year old.
Quoting JiLLiAN.:" me too. we got a computer when i was 12 and it was very limited. parental controls and time limits that ... [snip!] ... automatically kicked me off. i think i got an hour for day and if i had homework then i had no time for games (neopets lmao)"
love your avi/ My dog does that. it's too funny.
Quoting TheNuge:" love your avi/ My dog does that. it's too funny."
i found it on tumblr lol i never tried it with my dog but he'd probably just lick my face the first time i did it.
Quoting TheNuge:" This! BUT, for a young child i wouldnt give it as a gift. My daughter has used MY iPad since we ... [snip!] ... sure what we will do when she is older, but some how she will learn the value of money as well as earning and respecting money."
Agreed. I also think that since this is the age of technology, children are learning how to do computer-related activities younger and younger and it can benefit them later on in life by learning these things at a younger age. I don't think that manual things should be done away with completely, and I'm still traditional and remember writing a rough draft in pencil and final copy in pen, and hope that my children will appreciate the same, but there are so many benefits that come with technology that I don't ever see myself becoming some bitter old lady talking about children with their "whoboppers" and "dowhatzzits" lol.
Quoting MyMonkeysNAMEisFINGERS:" Agreed. I also think that since this is the age of technology, children are learning how to do computer-related ... [snip!] ... I don't ever see myself becoming some bitter old lady talking about children with their "whoboppers" and "dowhatzzits" lol."
Do you have Elmo's ABCs? I LOVE it. We sing the disco ABC song all the time. I never get sick of it. lol
I don't see a problem. If you can afford it and your child enjoys it at a healthy level, why not?
I dont see the issue. My kids are 10 and 4 and both have wii's dsi and 3ds, xbox playstations
They both have their own laptops in their room as well as their own ipads. They both have an e-reader. DD is 4 also has a innotab,
They both have ipod touches.
If you can afford it why not get them stuff thats fun, I dont want my kids living under a rock.
They would never surviv school without an ipad or laptop...yes the school is funded and provides each student with one, but I would rather my kids have their own. Its cheaper to replace.