1. iOS Gravity'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?
    04-29-2014 04:23 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Yes, because the parents would know better than anyone else if their kids are ready for an iPad.
    04-29-2014 04:27 PM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    It depends on the kids and parents.
    My two have the original iPad minis that they got for Christmas in 2012 right after they came out. They were 5 and 9 at the time. They've loved them and treated them well but I knew they could take care of them because they'd been using my iPad supervised for a long while before that. Except for having to replace the lightning cable once, both iPads are in good condition. And they also make good leverage for getting them to behave-threatening to take their iPads away makes them straighten up quickly-most of the time. I've had to follow thru on that a couple of times.
    For younger than 5 though I'd be hesitant to allow them some custody of an iPad and get a family iPad to share.
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    04-29-2014 05:49 PM
  4. terfos's Avatar
    To each their own. I can see pros and cons to it and each situation is different.


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    04-29-2014 09:56 PM
  5. thatotherdude24's Avatar
    I think anymore outsiders **** in too much with others parenting. Let the parents parent their own children. However in some instances outside sources do need to step in. If they think the child is ready and would benefit from an iPad then have at it.


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    04-30-2014 12:58 AM
  6. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    I'm going to give some facts. I'm not trying to offend anyone. America is the 2nd most obese country in the world. Wouldn't it be better to let kids play outside than them always wanting to go on their iPads?
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    04-30-2014 02:51 PM
  7. Zabigayle's Avatar
    Agreed with the above. When I was a kid (about 10 years ago) I wasn't allowed it sit in front of screens, tv included. I had very little screen time. My parents said go outside and do something or go play with toys.

    If I gave a child an iPad I'd make sure it was used for mostly educational purposes and very limited games etc.
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    05-28-2014 09:47 PM
  8. Peligro911's Avatar
    My oldest now almost 8 has had one since she was 5 and my youngest turning 4 this year had one at 2

    Both never dropped no dents etc and I don't use screen protectors.




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    05-29-2014 02:32 AM
  9. Peligro911's Avatar
    I do restrict usage times etc so it's not taking away from outdoor activity and both my kids are involved in extra activity like cheerleading etc


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    05-29-2014 02:33 AM
  10. taz323's Avatar
    I agree with some restriction, but also believe tech is forever advancing. And will be a big part of their lives. And a child at the age of five being able to use an iPad is not a bad thing.
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    05-29-2014 03:31 AM
  11. Oliver Telfor's Avatar
    I'm not a parent and each to their own on parent techniques etc but what ever happened to a bat and a ball? Do we need tech at that age?
    06-04-2014 05:45 AM
  12. AlexJ92's Avatar
    Here in the UK schools actually encourage kids to use iPads within the classroom, they connect their iPads to the schools wifi. It allows them to access documents for the classroom. So I think it is beneficial in these circumstances.


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    06-04-2014 05:47 AM
  13. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Good question, I say YES, because the world of technology continues to grow and is part of our daily lives, but to a certain limit. There should be a time limit on how long a child should be on an iPad. Interaction with Parents and children should be one of the most important parts of childhood and and parenthood.... IMHO. The iPad as well as video games should NOT act as a babysitter. Children need to expeience the "PLAYING OUTSIDE" (running, jumping, playing hide-n-go seek,ect, ect) and interacting with other children besides on the school level......Just MY .02 cents
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    06-04-2014 10:22 AM
  14. Antron's Avatar
    what ever happened to a bat and a ball?
    This is what happened: R.B.I Baseball 14 for iPad lol!


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    06-04-2014 10:44 AM
  15. Algus's Avatar
    Tablet computers are more than just expensive toys. IMO all kids would benefit from learning to use them as tools. As for how old is the right age for them to have their own tablet? That's got to be up to the parent. Citing obesity as a reason to avoid getting kids a tablet doesn't really solve the problem. Parents have to be responsible for teaching their kids healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices. That probably means the kids are gonna have to go for a jog or play outside for a bit before they get to play on their iPad.


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    06-07-2014 10:05 AM
  16. Ariel Babalao's Avatar
    Yes they need, with moderation and control of the app they play on it.


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    06-07-2014 04:00 PM
  17. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    My children love their iPads. My daughter has had one since she was 2. She has learned (with my help) to write her letters, count, read, math computation, and more on the iPad. She loves watching her shows and playing games on it too. My son likes watching YouTube videos not the iPad. He loves trains and just searches for trains and other vehicles.


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    06-07-2014 05:06 PM
  18. DroidArmy'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?
    NO! I wouldn't buy a kid a tablet until they're at least 10 or 11, and they'd have to be really responsible. 4 year olds with iPads make me sick
    06-07-2014 10:03 PM
  19. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    "Chances are you won't make worlds greatest dad, if you can't entertain a child without using an iPad"


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    06-07-2014 10:04 PM
  20. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    "Chances are you won't make worlds greatest dad, if you can't entertain a child without using an iPad"


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    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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    06-07-2014 11:25 PM
  21. pr1nce's Avatar
    It depends on the kids and the parents. This is a parents decision.
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    06-07-2014 11:35 PM
  22. Ariel Babalao'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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    Money matter first for them I think. Ipad is not just 10$ and if not protected, a kid can easily break it meaning parents just throw away $ out of the window. Other than that, for the parents who are financially capable of purchasing ipad to their kids doing it and controlling the time and the quality of the kid entertainment with ipad.


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    06-08-2014 04:53 AM
  23. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    Money matter first for them I think. Ipad is not just 10$ and if not protected, a kid can easily break it meaning parents just throw away $ out of the window. Other than that, for the parents who are financially capable of purchasing ipad to their kids doing it and controlling the time and the quality of the kid entertainment with ipad.


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    There are cases for children that make the iPad drop proof and/or safe from spills. And there are settings to restrict apps and media content.


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    06-08-2014 06:05 AM
  24. CJ Allan's Avatar
    Do your kids read books on their iPads?

    Do you find it difficult to find suitable books for them?
    06-08-2014 08:37 AM
  25. CJ Allan's Avatar
    I'm not a parent and each to their own on parent techniques etc but what ever happened to a bat and a ball? Do we need tech at that age?
    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!
    06-08-2014 08:57 AM
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