1. ktdw's Avatar
    As the title says, what do you think?

    For background, my daughter has been playing with my iPhone since I got it last summer, and has wanted one ever since. She actually uses my iPhone WAY more than her nintendo. Mostly, she plays games, but also she listens to music and watches youtube vidoes (with supervision). She will also text grandma and her cousin sometimes.

    Now, I have an older version iPod touch (no speaker) and that wouldn't fly b/c she prefers the speaker. I know the newer iPod touch has the speaker, but I also realize that it still less usefull than the iPhone. My biggest complaint about the iPod touch was that in order to access the internet, you had to be near wifi.

    I'm kinda on the fence. She doesn't need a phone (hell, most of us don't "need" one), but it is still very usefull. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that we can always contact each other, and maybe even locate via GPS (is this coming?). That provides a big piece-of-mind, especially if traveling, etc.

    Not to mention that it gives me an excuse to upgrade this summer
    03-31-2009 04:43 PM
  2. jr3153's Avatar
    We were in the same position with my son on his 8th Birthday last month. We had decided we were going to get him an Ipod Touch so he could play the games and such. Well Thankfully, we decided to first try getting him an Ipod shuffle, to see how it went. Well after having it 13 days, he left it in his pants, and the wife washed it.

    He has since taken care of the new one that we ultimately had to buy him because the other one no longer worked. I will probably get him an Ipod touch in a year or so, but i want him to show that he can take care of it.

    To answer your question, its really up to you, and if you are willing to lose a couple hundred dollars, because I just dont think a child that young is ready to take care of something like that. Good luck to you.
    03-31-2009 05:39 PM
  3. cjvitek's Avatar
    I would agree - there is a big difference in playing with Daddy's (like my daughter does) and having one of her own.

    I don't think I would get the phone option, wifi connection is probably fine.

    Heck, you might be able to tether the iPod touch to your iPhone when you are out of wifi range.

    Chris
    03-31-2009 06:03 PM
  4. Leanna Lofte's Avatar
    WOW! And I thought my dad always spoiled me!! I say if you really want to get it for her, can afford the monthly bill, and won't be angry at her if she drops and breaks it, then go for it! Especially if you give her your hand-me-down instead of purchasing a new one.

    Man, I remember being one of the "cool kids" when I had a cheap Nokia phone at 15 years old. Boy have times changed!
    03-31-2009 11:21 PM
  5. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    She doesn't need a phone
    There is your answer! She does not "need a phone" so why would you get her the best phone out there!

    I have yet to meet a 7 year old that has been able to take care of a calculator, never mind an iphone... I would say go with a touch and get her an email account. She can still send your family messages, listen to her music, and play her games.

    If I got a ninja turtle when I was young I thought I had died and gone to heaven, this kid has it made!
    04-01-2009 02:03 AM
  6. shutter's Avatar
    My son is 12, he has had a phone fr the last 2-3 years, or I should say he's had 4 phones over the 2-3 years. He's washed one, he's lost one, he's completely destroyed one and he has one left. I would not get him an iPhone. I will grant you, my daughter (14) has not lost, washed, destroyed or even needed a new phone, so I think you will have better luck with a girl, but she's still way too young for that device.
    04-01-2009 07:20 AM
  7. Duvi's Avatar
    It's your child, so you know. I for one if I feel my son at 6 is ready, I'll get it for him. My reason is to be able to converse with him and not have to go through his mother. Always remember, would it matter if something happened to the device?
    04-01-2009 09:33 AM
  8. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    Always remember, would it matter if something happened to the device?
    UHHHH YES?!?!
    04-01-2009 10:46 AM
  9. bassthumpa's Avatar
    As others have pointed out, if you ever consider buying an expensive item for a child that young, always ask yourself if you can easily replace it if it's lost or broken/destroyed... especially a portable device like this. Because even if you feel your kids are uber-responsible, their little friends probably aren't. And they will want to touch and try... and peer pressure is a mutha so your kid might give it up.
    04-01-2009 04:04 PM
  10. kchesney's Avatar
    What 6 or 7 year old can text at a level that they need internet, SMS, or e-mail in their hand at all times? Shouldn't your kid be playing outside or something. I could see how a simple FREE phone would be handy, or that the kid might enjoy playing games on the phone, but please give all us teachers a break and send her out to play like a child should. Most of these devices get stolen, lost or broken and we (the teachers) get blamed if it happens in our classes. If this is only going to be a toy that she will use when she is around you, let her use your phone, if it belongs to her and she is going to take it everywhere, I wouldn't even bother with a touch. It is too big of an issue without supervision for a child of her age. A puppy would be easer.
    04-12-2009 07:54 PM
  11. Tunnelrunner's Avatar
    I don't have kids so I have no useful input on the matter. I just find it amusing that at 19, my parents got me my first cell phone (the size of a walkie talkie - this was 1993-94) and now I hear that a 7 year old might get the finest mobile device in the world!
    Kids have it so easy nowadays...
    Last edited by Tunnelrunner; 04-12-2009 at 08:17 PM.
    04-12-2009 08:12 PM
  12. Duvi's Avatar
    UHHHH YES?!?!
    For some it may not. If I were to get my son a phone at an early age, I would have to not care before I got him an iPhone.
    04-12-2009 09:27 PM
  13. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    For some it may not. If I were to get my son a phone at an early age, I would have to not care before I got him an iPhone.
    Your right, for some handing a $300 dollar phone to a child is just a drop in the bucket, but can that really be good for a kid? Receiving gifts like that at that age seems like the start of some bad habits...

    Makes me think of the girl from Charlie and the Chocolate factory... "But Daddy I want it nowww"
    04-12-2009 10:42 PM
  14. Stevie No-Wonder's Avatar
    ... Shouldn't your kid be playing outside or something....
    I totally agree. Normally, I don't involve myself in giving people advice on how to raise their children because it's none of my business. But she did ask.

    I guess if you want children someday filling out job applications with words like ur, omg, cuz, b4, and wtf, then by all means get them started early.
    04-13-2009 10:45 AM
  15. Leanna Lofte's Avatar
    Why assume that just because she has an iPhone that she won't be spending any time outdoors?
    04-13-2009 11:25 AM
  16. vanishingvision7's Avatar
    I totally agree. Normally, I don't involve myself in giving people advice on how to raise their children because it's none of my business. But she did ask.

    I guess if you want children someday filling out job applications with words like ur, omg, cuz, b4, and wtf, then by all means get them started early.
    Actually, lots of people need advice on raising children..........
    04-13-2009 12:01 PM
  17. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    I think that would start some bad habits. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think handing things like that to a child that young starts a trend, and that trend being I get what I want.

    For me, I wanted a cell phone BADLY when I was in high school. My parents told me until I could sign for my own, that was a no go. If I went out of town, I got my dad's or mom's to take w/ me, then eventually they got me a prepaid phone. I was responsible for the minutes. When I turned 18, I got a capital one card, built a little bit of credit to avoid a deposit, and then went into AT&T at 18 and got a contract deposit free.

    Nothing was ever handed to me. On the opposite, I have friends whose parents did just that, and 90% of them are 23 or 24 and still living at home and still never have money even though they work. They have no idea how to manage money because no one ever taught them. That should tell you something.

    Maybe this is an isolated situation, but if she likes it that much, either give her your old one to use only as an iPod touch when you upgrade, or buy her a refurb iPod touch.
    04-13-2009 01:20 PM
  18. dlnmorrow's Avatar
    An iPhone for a 7 yr old is sending the wrong message.
    As a parent of 11 yr old twins, I teach my children responsibility, accountability and the importance of hard work!
    I think the iPhone is a bit too much.
    Just my two cents
    04-13-2009 02:23 PM
  19. Stevie No-Wonder's Avatar
    Actually, lots of people need advice on raising children..........
    Yes, they sure do. But since I don't have any, they rarely want my opinions.
    04-13-2009 04:57 PM
  20. ktdw's Avatar
    Thanks for the comments.

    I do understand that I may be sending a bad message by allowing her to get an iphone. Even if the price of the iphone is not an issue, teaching the value of things should always be an issue. And, of course, teaching responsibility, accountabilty, and hard work are also important.

    I'm just trying to put myself in her shoes, and perhaps work out a win-win situation where she gets what she wants (iphone) and we get what we want (responsibility, accountabilty, etc.). Nothing wrong with getting what you want though...hell, as a kid, I would have loved for just the opportunity to get what I wanted.

    Maybe the question is whether she can "earn" it. Obviously, she can't work at starbucks.
    • Chores? It helps, but really it's just part of being a member of the household.
    • Giving up other toys? I like this. She can help us sell her old toys & stuff on ebay, and contribute to the purchase price.
    • Volunteer work? Can't work at starbucks, but maybe we can "pay" her for picking up trash at the beach, for example.

    Maybe I'm crazy, but I can't think it's that bad if she actually puts effort towards getting it. Worst-case scenario (or best case) is that she finds out that it really wasn't worth it.
    04-13-2009 05:03 PM
  21. Leanna Lofte's Avatar
    I think those last two are both very excellent ideas.

    I wasn't spoiled as a kid, but I did get quite a few things I wanted that made people think I was spoiled like a car for my 16th birthday and a cell phone at 15. But I had to prove I deserved these privileges by getting good grades, being a respectful kid, staying out of trouble, etc. And if I ever got anything like a ticket or went over my minutes, I had to pay for it.
    Last edited by Leanna Lofte; 04-15-2009 at 03:01 PM.
    04-13-2009 06:55 PM
  22. msimplicity's Avatar
    my wife has destroyed 2 iphone with a simple drop. If you get one, make sure it has a rugged case, eventhough the drops wouldnt be as rough since you're daughter is shorter. Also, I'd plan on having to replace it at some point. Even if a drop doesnt destroy the outside, it can mess up the internals pretty good. If those don't bother you, then I say go for it! Always good to get the kids started early on new technology!
    04-15-2009 02:57 PM
  23. whmurray's Avatar
    It's your child, so you know. I for one if I feel my son at 6 is ready, I'll get it for him. My reason is to be able to converse with him and not have to go through his mother. Always remember, would it matter if something happened to the device?
    No, not really. After all, it is a toy. A pretty tough toy at that. (Not tough enough for the washer.)

    Consider an iPod Touch with Skype. It is not so much the cost of the device as the AT&T that they do not use.

    Also be sure to put Stanza on it. You could not buy a fraction of those books for the price of a Touch. Babies who never touch a book love reading on the Touch. They love audio books and movies in the car. You do not even have to buy new ones; they prefer the familiar.

    People who make long car trips with children think nothing of paying the price of a Touch for a DVD player, but we share the audio book. We never tire of The Golden Compass or Tom Sawyer. I ripped my deluxe set of Lord of the Rings and then gave it to the local library; we are looking forward to listening to it this summer. Long audio books make short trips and contented children.
    05-07-2009 10:44 PM
  24. Entertainment72's Avatar
    No way in God's Green Earth should a 12 year old have a phone let alone a 6.
    05-08-2009 03:08 PM
  25. whmurray's Avatar
    Actually, lots of people need advice on raising children..........
    Indeed they do. I even know one who appreciates it.
    05-08-2009 03:33 PM
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