1. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    I don't see how it is any different than giving a child a toy. But that's just me. I think that introducing children's to technology only benefits them. I wish my parents had when I was younger. Would have made things a lot easier when I was expected to use it in school. There are so many educational things that children can do with the iPad. I just don't understand why people are against giving their children one.


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    That was quote, which is why I used quotation marks but I totally agree with everything you said!


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    06-08-2014 08:59 AM
  2. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    Do your kids read books on their iPads?

    Do you find it difficult to find suitable books for them?
    They do read books on the iPad and there are so many of them. And there are books that are interactive. It makes story time a lot of fun and encourages them to read.


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    06-08-2014 10:05 AM
  3. CJ Allan's Avatar
    They do read books on the iPad and there are so many of them. And there are books that are interactive. It makes story time a lot of fun and encourages them to read.


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    Would you give me some titles of books your kids enjoy?

    Thanks!
    06-08-2014 03:22 PM
  4. Furt's Avatar
    When I was a kid, my parents bought me a gameboy. I used it to play games, used to the gameboy camera to take pictures, and ended up buying my own systems and handhelds as I got older. Is it really any different than that now? An iPad it just a more functional gaming and multimedia device than what I had at the time.


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    06-08-2014 03:25 PM
  5. CJ Allan's Avatar
    When I was a kid, my parents bought me a gameboy. I used it to play games, used to the gameboy camera to take pictures, and ended up buying my own systems and handhelds as I got older. Is it really any different than that now? An iPad it just a more functional gaming and multimedia device than what I had at the time.


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    If a kid does nothing more with an iPad than play games, I'd consider it a colossal waste of money!

    There are many devices that do a better job of games at far less cost.
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    06-08-2014 10:09 PM
  6. Furt's Avatar
    If a kid does nothing more with an iPad than play games, I'd consider it a colossal waste of money!

    There are many devices that do a better job of games at far less cost.
    That's why I said "and multimedia device". Thanks for reading.


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    06-09-2014 12:23 AM
  7. Doug B's Avatar
    I let our kids use our first generation iPad when we got our iPad Air. I basically dumbed it down and left the minimal amount of stuff on it. I put some bookmarks to educational sites on the main screen that promote learning. I also have a few games installed that are also educational. My kids are 2, 3, 6 and 11. I don't let the 2 year old use it yet. My wife or I supervise the 3 year old and my 11 year old has a Chromebook for school that she uses. My 6 year old is the only one who uses by himself and he knows he only has one hour at most to use it. And that's if his chores and homework are done. The iPad is still in its otterbox so it puts up with the abuse kids can provide. There are also parental restrictions in place to keep them from doing things that they shouldn't.

    It's all about parents being smart when letting your kids use technology. Sadly a lot of parents use things like this as a babysitter and don't take the time to supervise.


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    06-10-2014 01:15 PM
  8. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies. Although I was talking about giving each child an individual iPad, I got some good replies. I was just confused since I saw a 4 year-old that had their own iPad.
    06-10-2014 01:24 PM
  9. seanpr's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies. Although I was talking about giving each child an individual iPad, I got some good replies. I was just confused since I saw a 4 year-old that had their own iPad.
    It works great for special needs kids! My son started around 4 y. o. with it

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    06-12-2014 08:50 AM
  10. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    It works great for special needs kids! My son started around 4 y. o. with it

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    There was a great segment a day or so ago on NPR's All Things Considered show about a school in Brooklyn using iPads to create a band playing music. It was really interesting.
    06-12-2014 09:15 AM
  11. Derrick4Real's Avatar
    No. An I have too much money problem.
    06-13-2014 07:15 PM
  12. blessed2bamommie's Avatar
    You are thinking of the iPad as a toy... it is far more than that.

    If the iPad had been available when my kids were little, they would have had iPads.

    What bliss to have so much reading material!
    Mine has both!


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    06-13-2014 10:47 PM
  13. CJ Allan's Avatar
    It works great for special needs kids! My son started around 4 y. o. with it

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    I can see how an iPad would be a great benefit for your son, as it will help him do so much on his own.

    The first thing that got me interested in ebooks was a message from a mother who wrote of how excited her young teen was, when he, for the first time, completed a book all by himself.

    He was using a Kindle with text-to-speech. He would try to read a page, the mother wrote, then if he got stuck, he would turn on "text to speech", watch as the words were read to him, then turn the voice off and read it for himself.

    I use Kindle text to speech all the time to read to me while I'm doing something boring... such as housework... or, more often, for "bedtime reading" with the Kindle on the bedside table (otherwise, I fall asleep and drop the Kindle), but I had not yet found an iPad text to speech feature.

    I just found it; it's called VoiceOver.

    I also found the following article about how to set up and use VoiceOver:

    iPad Accessibility Tip Sheet
    iPad Accessibility Tip Sheet | District of Columbia Public Library

    If there's any interest here, I'll report back my successes or lack thereof in the use of iPad VoiceOver.
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    06-15-2014 12:47 PM
  14. CJ Allan's Avatar
    No. An I have too much money problem.

    True... the iPad is expensive, but there are more and more inexpensive e-readers becoming available.

    The benefits are so great, it's worth the effort to start with whatever you can afford.
    06-15-2014 12:53 PM
  15. blessed2bamommie's Avatar
    Target, then Best Buy & Walmart dropped the 1st gen mini to 199. That's how mine got iOS & Granny! It's a different generation. Keeps them off my phone and I have a 9 yo and I'm trying to move to her ebooks to keep books from burying me!
    06-15-2014 06:13 PM
  16. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    True... the iPad is expensive, but there are more and more inexpensive e-readers becoming available.

    The benefits are so great, it's worth the effort to start with whatever you can afford.
    The Kindle is great and now there's a mayday button. I wish there was something like that for iOS.
    06-19-2014 11:05 PM
  17. blessed2bamommie's Avatar
    We had a Kindle and now have mini. It was the first gen. No one can beat
    The App Store!
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    06-20-2014 07:24 AM
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    07-13-2014 03:22 AM
  19. tigerinexile's Avatar
    An iPad is the best e-reader out there, I think.

    Must be nice to have enough money to give all the kids iPads.

    No-one in the world _needs_ an iPad, but they sure are useful.
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    07-13-2014 01:29 PM
  20. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I would say that no one, much less a child, needs an iPad. It's a luxury we simply want, for whatever reason. But need? Not really. If they had never been produced (any brand or platform), we would still be kicking with our smartphones and laptops. And life would still be grand! Just saying!


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    07-13-2014 02:29 PM
  21. taz323's Avatar
    I would say that no one, much less a child, needs an iPad. It's a luxury we simply want, for whatever reason. But need? Not really. If they had never been produced (any brand or platform), we would still be kicking with our smartphones and laptops. And life would still be grand! Just saying!


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    True, but theres nothing wrong with spicing things up.
    07-13-2014 02:39 PM
  22. Flow39's Avatar
    I think if they want one bad enough, they should save up for their own. If there is a "family" iPad, that's fine, but an individual iPad for the kid is a little too much IMO.
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    07-13-2014 06:07 PM
  23. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    I think if they want one bad enough, they should save up for their own. If there is a "family" iPad, that's fine, but an individual iPad for the kid is a little too much IMO.
    It may not be wise to suggest you know what's best for others and their children.


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    07-13-2014 09:21 PM
  24. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    It may not be wise to suggest you know what's best for others and their children.


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    He answered the OP's question with his opinion. Nothing wrong with that. Maybe you should question the OP's question.


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    07-13-2014 09:32 PM
  25. CJ Allan's Avatar
    Look for the OP's follow-up message.

    I think she accidentally mis-stated her question.

    I think she was expressing surprise that she had seen kids with iPads.
    07-17-2014 06:58 PM
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