1. Theodor Hedesiu's Avatar
    For small children its only about games and ebooks
    But at a certain age the IPad,it isn't about games any more.i use mine as a multimedia personal asistent.games,free ebooks,Autocad,YouTube,internet browsing,music,etc
    I dont find it necesary for a child,but it defently can help a kid at school
    There is a app that allows you to hide certain aplications,like games from your child
    I think 1 hour of games Per day is more then enough for a kid
    07-20-2014 07:51 AM
  2. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    For small children its only about games and ebooks
    But at a certain age the IPad,it isn't about games any more.i use mine as a multimedia personal asistent.games,free ebooks,Autocad,YouTube,internet browsing,music,etc
    I dont find it necesary for a child,but it defently can help a kid at school
    There is a app that allows you to hide certain aplications,like games from your child
    I think 1 hour of games Per day is more then enough for a kid
    You can set restrictions on the iPad to limit the content that kids can view. My daughter cannot access content that isn't rated G and she doesn't have access to the Safari web browser or camera. I can lock her into apps when I just want her to focus on one activity. It's really easy to make sure your kids aren't exposed to content that they aren's supposed to be exposed to.


    Sent from my iPad Air. Simply better than the rest.
    07-20-2014 08:53 AM
  3. Evilguppy's Avatar
    I know this woman at work who is a firm believer that kids should be active and play outside. Electronics do not come into play, there is one desktop in the house and one land line phone, regular flip phones for the parents only.
    Until her 8 year old was in an accident, broke 5 vertebrae in his back, both legs, 3 ribs and fractured his skull.
    Several organ injuries as well.
    Several surgeries.
    The boy healed well but it took a long time and he was bed ridden, still spends a lot of time resting and in physical therapy.
    Everyone at work pitched in and got him an iPad 4.
    I bought him several apps about the human body, skeletal and muscular system, kinesiology etc.
    Those are animated apps that show the muscles and bones in action, I use them all the time in my other job.

    Not only was the child entertained with movies and books when he couldn't move, but once he could and had to start physical therapy, he fired up those apps constantly. He was no longer scared because he could see what was happening in his body, he would show the PT and ask questions, he became very proactive in his own healing.

    Today, while he still needs to rest a lot, he is up and about and carries his iPad everywhere. Not to sit and play video games, but to message his teachers because he's still playing catch up with school.
    He also uses it for play: he wanted to build a shelter in the backyard with his friends and looked up the information to do it on his iPad... And promptly messaged his dad to come help, lol.

    Interestingly, he has not become glued to his iPad at all, but he does use it for various things throughout the day. Including to find information about chickenpox when his sister got it.

    So this is a bit of a special case, but he is now 10 and he is as active as he can be given his still strengthening body and lingering limitations, and uses his iPad everyday for play, for reading, for school work because he missed so much school in 2 years he is now in summer school and contacts his teachers a lot.
    He also has photos of his progress since the accident, he looks at them whenever he feels discouraged.
    He's recently begun to add music, too.

    I think that giving a kid an iPad depends on several factors, though parenting would be the most important one in my opinion.


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    07-26-2014 10:22 AM
  4. Shaheermemon's Avatar
    I have an iPad mini and I am 14 years old I take great care of it


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    07-26-2014 08:39 PM
  5. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Supervised use for very young kids is great. Get an Otterbox and that's good protection for the device.

    Older kids can really make good use of educational apps that look like games. Also, schools are really pushing the use of iPads so the more they learn about them early in the better for school.

    To the point of obesity, keep the iPad to quiet time.
    07-27-2014 06:44 AM
  6. whicky's Avatar
    for educational purposes, yes. but for entertainment and games, it must be monitored and limited.
    11-14-2014 12:18 AM
  7. Flow39's Avatar
    I think if they are responsible enough to not play games and screw around on it all day, along with paying for it and earning money on their own, they should get one. That's what I was always expected to do as a kid. If I wanted something, I mowed lawns or shoveled snow or whatever until I could afford it.

    The main reason I think kids don't need an iPad is because I know a lot of kids who have them and all they do is play games, and they didn't have to earn a single cent of it. They just got it handed to them for free and they don't take care of it at all. It should be used for more than games and YouTube. Using it for education is one of the only reasons I would allow a kid to get one, unless their circumstances are different like a person said above. Games aren't bad, don't get me wrong, but that is what I see 95% of kids under 13 years old doing if they have an iPad.
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    11-16-2014 07:58 PM
  8. phreddyl's Avatar
    My godson is almost three years old and loves the iPad. Plays educational games and has all his videos on it.


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    11-16-2014 08:21 PM
  9. Shawn Schrader's Avatar
    my 3 and half year old niece has been using the ipad for long as i can remeber, Dont wanna say exactly how long but i dont recall. 4 months after her 3rd birthday her teacher told her father aka my brother she is doing things at a 5 year old level with how high she can count reconize colors etc and wanted to know what we were doing to get her so far ahead. Shes been using ipad air 1 hour before bed with education items. So therefor shes getting spoiled and for christmas ipad mini thats on sale at walmart she will be getting under the tree.
    11-16-2014 10:30 PM
  10. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    What a nice uncle 😁👍
    11-16-2014 10:54 PM
  11. Shawn Schrader's Avatar
    What a nice uncle
    well to be fair shoulda added its my uncle, Guess he would be her great uncle ? But anyways my uncle and grandma are paying for it, I just have go get it get a case for it and warrenty for it as well.
    11-18-2014 09:56 PM
  12. impaler's Avatar
    Is it wise to get a very young child about under the age of 8, their own tablet? I've been hearing stuff about people giving 4 year olds an iPad; the latest model like the iPad Air and the Retina Mini. Do you think it's a smart move by the parents?
    Nobody needs these things. They're wants.
    11-21-2014 03:00 AM
  13. HankAZ's Avatar
    Nobody needs these things. They're wants.
    Absolutely agree. "Need" is such a strong word.
    11-21-2014 08:54 AM
  14. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Kids need a lot of things, iPad though? Not so much.
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    11-21-2014 10:12 AM
  15. Closingracer's Avatar
    Kids need a lot of things, iPad though? Not so much.
    I would of loved to carry an iPad over all those textbooks as a child lol

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    11-23-2014 09:47 AM
  16. taeisme's Avatar
    I never thought kids having tablets was a good thing until I had to move from the east coast to the west coast. The drive was long and with two kids watching movies, reading magazines, books and having the ability to draw it totally saved my life and made the road trip a pleasant experience.
    11-23-2014 01:58 PM
  17. phreddyl's Avatar
    I would of loved to carry an iPad over all those textbooks as a child lol

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    It amazes me more schools don't use this tactic. Some kids carry books heavier than they are


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    11-23-2014 04:42 PM
  18. tattooed4515's Avatar
    It helps with stuff. Good for learning. My daughter is only 3 but has been playing with her moms since she was 2. I was actually planning on buying her one of her own for her 5th birthday. But the fiancs sister bought her a tablet, no idea what one at the moment, for Christmas and I'm kind of mad about it. She plays with one now but she doesn't need to have one of her own. Fianc told me that it's no big deal she's still going to have time limits, but maybe it is just me. She's 3 years old she doesn't need a friggin tablet of her own at that age. Even 5 would be pushing it. If she didn't enjoy the educational apps that she does on it she would probably rarely see the iPad she uses now.
    11-23-2014 05:33 PM
  19. Closingracer's Avatar
    I never thought kids having tablets was a good thing until I had to move from the east coast to the west coast. The drive was long and with two kids watching movies, reading magazines, books and having the ability to draw it totally saved my life and made the road trip a pleasant experience.
    Tablets are great for kids as long as you set down some ground rules when and how they can use it

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    11-23-2014 05:40 PM
  20. Speedygi's Avatar
    It amazes me more schools don't use this tactic. Some kids carry books heavier than they are


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    But many often leave those books in their school locker... So maybe that's being helped somewhat.
    11-24-2014 12:45 AM
  21. Closingracer's Avatar
    But many often leave those books in their school locker... So maybe that's being helped somewhat.
    You still need to lug them home... Saves space and paper going digital

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    11-24-2014 01:13 AM
  22. cardfan's Avatar
    I was a big advocate of ipads and ipod touches for kids. My daughter thrived on them from age 2. She learned to read at age 3 or 4.

    But somewhere along the line, she stopped doing the education apps. Maybe starting second grade or so. The PC became her device for using Office or doing academic sites and some games like Minecraft. The ipad became more of a games and youtube thing only in car. She had no interest in an ipad otherwise.

    When it comes to reading, at age 8 (third grade) she's reading at a middle school level and has an insane number of accelerated reader points, but has no interest in reading on the ipad at all. It's real books she prefers although I get her to read her Kindle sometimes (because I already have so many ebooks). When I say we should just sell her ipad, she agreed and said she doesn't want one.

    She does have a hand me down data only iphone thats used primarily in car. That's it. I've thought about getting her a macbook air but still too young. The spare PC she's using where we can see her is doing the trick as she's learned to type a bit, works with Office, prints, and can do her own searches. In a way, I prefer that she's not on an ipad all the time and enjoys the real world tools more.

    It does make buying gifts hard. I want to get her that Nintendo she wants. But I don't want her wasting hours on it. Minecraft on the PC is already somewhat an obsession for her. Instead, it's a bow for archery. Painting classes. Lego minecraft. Books.

    Anyways, from my experience an ipad was great from like ages 2-6 if you manage it. After that, it goes downhill. I suppose you have to understand that from a kid's perspective, they grew up with it. An ipad is not a big deal. It's something they did "work" on or they want to move on to something different like a PC.
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    11-24-2014 05:27 AM
  23. terreos's Avatar
    Where is it, where is it, AHAAA! Take a few minutes to read this. This is exactly how I feel about giving children ANY form of tech at a young age. And it seems Steve Jobs himself felt the same.

    Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads (And Why You Shouldn’t Either) | NextShark
    11-24-2014 06:38 AM
  24. kg4fxg's Avatar
    Well,

    My daughter has had the first iPad for a few years now and she is nine. My thoughts are more about education. All her school books are on-line and there are lots of educational Apps. I do keep the iPad in an Otterbox Case and she does not mind the bulky protection. Seems to be the favorite toy.

    She researches things she is interested in such as Egypt and can tell you all about each Pharaoh. My wife and I very well educated and would like the same for her. My wife is a teacher and I am a CPA.

    I think technology is great for kids. I grew up with phones that had party lines. Only three television stations to watch, life was much different then. But I think it depends on the child. With everything there are positives and negatives and having a daughter at nine is one thing. It could prove to be a problem later.

    I was thinking of upgrading her iPad with one restriction. I choose the Apps. The new one she can use but I control the content. I also can control the Wifi in the house.

    Back to the original question. Do kids need an iPad? I think they can benefit from one even if an older one passed down. It can help them learn to read. Lots of educational benefits. But there are many educational resources to help children learn and an iPad is only one of the many choices. So if you want your child to learn there are other avenues as well. To answer the question they don't need an iPad. There are benefits, but having educational Apps on the home computer will work fine.

    I am more bent on education and work with my daughter on homework every night. Sometimes we work until 9PM or later and there is no time left for the iPad.
    Linda Bohleke likes this.
    11-28-2014 07:08 AM
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