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Would you buy your child a smart phone or ipad at 5 or 6 years old? Even if it has educational content and call/text/chat ability turned off?
No. I don't even have an iPad. No way I'm getting one for T. LOL Having said that, T does have a LeapPad that I got him for Solstice. But I got it on sale for like $40. Big difference from a $400 iPad.
Last edited by Alissa_Sal; 01-02-2013 at 08:49 PM.
I have NO desire to buy DD a smart phone. Even in a year or two. Even second hand. She is little and doesn't need it. If she wants to play with a screen we have a computer and a tablet. I couldn't imagine spending $150+ on a phone for a small child - even second hand. And then a contract! And the family that bought one for each of their 6 kids baffles me.
DSD was 12 before getting a cell phone and only now at almost 16 has one that is fancy (smartphone of some kind). But she had to come up with the money for it herself because she has a bad history of dropping the cheaper ones that we got her. If she wants fancy tech items she has to be responsible enough to contribute for them (in cash or work) and take care of them.
But sometimes our best intentions get blown by the holidays. DD's grandma bought her a Leap pad for Christmas. Had we been asked we wouldn't have said it was a good plan because she doesn't need more screen time and it was spendy. But it was a gift so we didn't say anything. It only has educational games, her time on it is limited and it is way less fragile than a adult screen. And damn she loves that thing! It is way more age appropriate than the family tablet or daddy's phone. We didn't say yes and couldn't say no, but it isn't as bad as I thought. (As long as she keeps choosing bikes, pretend play, parks and boardgames over her "compeeter" like she did today I am not going to make a fuss).
Somebody gave me a tip to wait until LeapPad cards go on sale on Amazon (I think I got a $20 for $15) and then buy them that way to save even more money. And yes, so far we've just done a few cheap games. When T wants to play his LeapPad I set the timer on the microwave for 30 minutes, and that's all he gets for the day, so I don't feel too bad about the screen time. He loves it, which I'm glad for, but I don't want him to love it to the exclusion of real play.
I would not spend that much on a gift no. DH and I recently decided to do away with our contract plans (not smart phones) and just get Straight Talk. It is so much cheaper. DH did not know what to do with our old phones so he gave them to the girls to play with on Christmas Eve (not as gifts, just to play with). They have played with them far more than any of their Christmas gifts. They use the camera and pretend to text. DH was given a Kindle Fire as a gift after he donated his Kidney, and our girls play on that some. There are some wonderful educational apps on there. It is really helping my oldest learn her math facts. I would not spend that kind of money per kid, but if someone else bought them I would not have a problem with my girls using it with supervision.
I have an iPad that I love and the kids are allowed to use it. They certainly don't need their own, nor could we afford it. They also don't take care of their things properly, so no way. We finally got Nathaniel the simplest Kindle model for Christmas this year...we'll see how he does with it.
As for smart phones, I don't plan to get them cell phones until they are actually going places without adult supervision. In my mind, that's when I think the right time hits. My oldest is 9 so it hasn't come up yet.
But no, I'm not giving him a device that costs $300 - $500. I download lots of free apps for them to use on my iPad and they enjoy that. I have an iPHone through my job that I don't pay for, and they play on that too.
Laurie, mom to:
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