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#1 Lainskii

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

What age do you think is appropriate to let a child have an mp3 player (like and ipod)?

DD (2.5) asked me what my old ipod mini was (I use it to exercise) and I explained and then let her listen to it with the headphones (made sure it wasn't very loud)

She asked if she could listen to some different songs and then wanted more.

I realise that she is too young to have one but it got me thinking at what age we should let her have one.



#2 Alwayswantingmore

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:39 PM

My 3 and 5 year old got an iPod at Christmas.

#3 Carabosse

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:44 PM

Mine had them by 3. We started with kid headphones that were volume limited. They mainly use them in the car on long trips but occaisionally just for a chillout!
They now have our old iphone 3s (not as phones obviously) and the main issue is remembering to charge them original.gif

Edited by Carabosse, 28 February 2013 - 09:45 PM.


#4 frozie

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:49 PM

DD got an iPod when she was about 2.5 due to fact that she was always stealing her older brothers to listen to and play with.  She loved grooving around to the music.  

So to answer your question, I don't think your daughter is too young.  You could always get her an ipod mini to start with.

#5 hidingaway

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:56 PM

My mum bought my DD an mp3 player (sony walkman) when she was about 12 months old. The one DD has has inbuilt speakers, so when we were going away on holidays, I could take her music that I play at bed time with us, and put the mp3 player next to her portacot.
She is at the age now (about 2 and a half) where I would be happy to let her use volume limited headphones (not the ear plug ones) for a short amount of time.

#6 Puggle

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:02 PM

My kids got basic MP3 players with volume limited headphones for Christmas last year, so aged 7 and 4.

I ended up getting them each a Sansa Clip which is an older model MP3 player but got better reviews on Amazon than the newer model. The only real kicker was I had to buy the gel cases for $10 each on ebay because the seller of the $0.50 gel cases on Amazon wouldn't ship to Australia. Very basic little players but I wanted them to start with just audio to being with. We use them on long car trips but DD2 often listens at home too. They both have combinations of audio books and music.

Edited by Puggle, 28 February 2013 - 10:03 PM.


#7 Lainskii

Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:00 AM

Thanks for replies, thinking I might let her use one when we go on a long car trip in a few months.

Are volume limiting headphones available in places like JB Hi-Fi & d*ck smith or do you need to order them?

#8 ~Supernova~

Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:59 AM

DD8 doesn't have one. It's not because I have an issue with them. she is just happy dancing around to her CD player, so I don't see the point yet (well except that I have to listen to One Direction and Justin Bieber excessively LOL). DS loves dancing with her too, so I don't want her holing herself up in her room plugged into her own little world just yet.

#9 JustBeige

Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:55 AM

our kids got Shuffles when they were 9.  The thing I like about the Shuffles is that you can change the volume level on the player itself via the computer and they cant change it back, so if they happen to "lose" their noise limiting headphones then they still arent hurting their hearing.

the second thing I liked was that you can only add songs via itunes, so I had complete control over the type of music that they had access to - I still do and they are now tweens.

the 3rd thing I like is that there is no pictures. so they dont get to see the mostly incredibly inappropriate imagery that is called music videos these days.

Edited by JustBeige, 01 March 2013 - 06:22 AM.


#10 Julie3Girls

Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:12 AM

You can get the volume limited kids headphones from heaps of places ... Got my girls ones from big w, lovely bright pink and bright blue, volume limited. Think they were moshi brand

As for age, my oldest got an MP3 player at age 10. Dd2 got hers at the same time age 8.

Before that, they had access to the CD player and would dance and listen to music that way. Dd1 was never really fussed to have an mp 3 player at all.

Then a year later I upgraded the older two girls to an iPod touch. Dd2 had been asking, so I decided to let them.  Dd3 is 6 and she inherited the MP3 player. I didn't want to give her unrestricted access to an iPod as she isn't good at self moderating, and still so young. My concern wasn't the music though, it was the eyesight issue. When they are still so young, having unlimited access to an iPod with the small screen and games, I was concerned about damage to her eyesight. Which I got from the ophthalmologist who is seeing a huge increase in eyesight issue in young kids lately and suspects a link to the increase in very young kids spending a lot of time with small screened electronic devises.

Edited by Julie3Girls, 01 March 2013 - 06:20 AM.


#11 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:24 AM

When dd was 5 yo I got her the Crayola MP3 player - waste of money. Aimed at the 3yo + market but the screen is difficult to see, the menus annoying to navigate and the thing chows batteries like nothing on earth.
I think an iPod mini would be ideal for this age group but then you have to suck up the fact you will pay double and sometimes more for content than what you would in the States. This is a real bugbear of mine.

#12 cinnabubble

Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:47 AM

Our six year old has an old Iphone 3 for listening to music. She doesn't have many apps because they don't make them compatible with four year old phones any more.

#13 kpingitquiet

Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:03 AM

I don't know that she's too young. It's just music original.gif Our 27mo has two music players, of sorts. One is a personal dvd player we got when doing long car trips in the US, but now lives in her bedroom with a USB stick full of her "Ni-ni songs" aka "Rockabye Baby!" songs. She knows how to open it and restart the playlist, much to my consternation!

Her second music player is an Innotab2 my mom got her for Xmas. I figured it'd be years before she grasped navigating through the menus but uh, yeah, she knows exactly how to get from the start screen to the music player screen and exactly what that music player does lol. Yesterday she asked me to add the Iggle Piggle song  ohmy.gif

We don't have a need for smaller players right now but definitely wouldn't object to her having an mp3 player (a cheap one, though!). She already has a nice set of over-the-ear kids headphones that she loves.

#14 JRA

Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:11 AM

I agree with kpingitquiet, its just music, I don't think music needs to be "rationed".

If people don't want to let their children use ear plugs, don't give them to them. Most mp3 players have speakers. DS has never used ear plus or headphones with his

#15 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:13 AM

I got my 3 year old an IPod Touch.  I don't let her use it with headphones, but she has a little speaker dock in her room.

#16 DEVOCEAN

Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:25 AM

With the music, you can upload your CD's to itunes and load that onto the iPod or shuffle.


#17 vanessa71

Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:22 AM

DS was 4 when he got his iPod touch. Both kids listen to their music, but generally not through headphones (DD does occasionally), you don't need headphones to listen to the music on an iPod touch.


#18 Lainskii

Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:50 AM

Funny that people give their kids an iPhone 3 as a music player, I still use mine as my phone, must be time to upgrade :-)

Dd loves music and ATM at home we can only listen to it via iTunes on the tv, all other things I have are mp3/ portable.

May look at getting her something that is portable but plays music out loud as well.

Thanks for feedback, I am concerned about hearing loss with it being too loud (know an audiologist and how prevalent hearing loss is becoming in the younger generation from mp3 usage)  so will buy some limiting headphones.

Thanks Julie3girls, I hadn't really thought about the impact on eyes from staring at a small screen, we very rarely let dd play on our smart phones, only in desperation when out occasionally. She does play on the iPad though. I won't be getting her something with a screen yet as I don't think she needs it at her age. Also, if she is as bad as me, the screen would be broken within a week :-)

Just beige - thanks for tip on shuffle, will look into it as this might be ok for the car trip.




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