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is 8 too young?

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#1 allenall

Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

I am considering getting my DD an iPod touch for her 8th birthday, mainly because she loves playing games on iPhone occasionally and also loves listening to music - but I am wondering if I should hold off until she desparately wants one (I don't even know if she knows they exist).  I think she would really enjoy it and we would definitely put time limits on it, but am I pushing her into that electronic zombie phase and will I always regret not waiting?


Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

DD has an Ipad, so an Itouch isn't that different. Just smaller.
At that age, you can limit their use of it. DD can only use hers after her homework is done and her uniforms are in the wash. She is also not allowed to use it before school or between certain hours on a weekend.

#3 babytiger

Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:37 PM

I think 8 is fine to have one my Dd plays with mine all the time.

#4 Becs

Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

We started with ipod nano's with the touch screen at age 7 . They have done well with those as they have with their DS's and laptop(8th bday gift). We limit time when needed but honestly both girls don't spend too much time on any of that sort of stuff except maybe for over holidays etc...

We've only had one minor breakage(dropped on tiles) but compared to DH putting his ipod through the washing machine the kids have looked after their items!

One daughter I do occasionaly confiscate items as she mucks around with them at bedtime.

#5 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:08 PM

I got one for my 3 year old, so I think that should answer your question.

#6 Chocolate Addict

Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:24 PM

My son will be getting one for Christmas, he will be 7 1/2yo. I did think of getting one for his birthday but I already had too many things! lol

In some ways 8yo is quite old to be getting their first gadget, going by what I read on here and what my sons friends have.

We only got our first games  console last Christmas! lol

#7 *lightning

Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:44 PM

I think 8 is fine. My DD and DS1 have iPads and my DD has an iPhone, they have a good balance of playing and using their iPads. We don't have time limits because they aren't couch potatoes but if they did start using them to much, we would put limits on them.

DD loves her iPhone (it was my old phone) and she enjoys listening to music. We are getting her and pretty pink docking station for christmas. Our kids aren't allowed to keep their iPad in their bedroom, iPads live with the computer.

#8 spersephone

Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:47 PM

My 3 and 4 year old have access to one each, but I limit how often they can have it as they get very obsessive.

It's because one of them was mine and they kept wanting to play on it, so when I upgraded to an iPhone, there was one spare.  Then there were fights, so I got another one and now they can play separately.

But I know it's very naughty, so I do try to stop them playing it too often.  Sometimes they can go two weeks without having them.

#9 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:32 AM

We gave DD1 one for her 7th birthday last week. DD loves it! She loves listing to music and I have put a lot of our CDs on it for her. And found lots of fun free apps too.

DD is a little obsessed with it right now but it's new and we have nothing like it in our house. I just limit her time on it. We also have strict rules on how to look after it. We got a case for it that has a flip cover so it's completely covered and protected.

#10 ubermum

Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:35 AM

My 4 and 5yo got them for Christmas. They normally play with them about once or twice per week because we are a family busy with other committments (sport, dance and community involvement). I think they are great, and the kids do learn things from them and have used them on long car rides.

#11 sophiasmum

Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:41 AM

I don't think it's too young at all. My DD was 8 & 1/2 when she got it for Xmas, and loves it. DH pushed for DS to have a DSi for Xmas (against my better judgement), he was 6 & 1/2, but he loves the ipod & I wish I had pushed harder for him to have one too.

I think it's important for kids these days to get used to the different technologies out there, it's the way of the future, actually it's the way of NOW, & I don't want my kids to be out of date or left behind.

#12 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

I don't want my kids to touch any technology until as late as possible, I believe in kids being outdoors and active and handing this stuff over to kids at a young age is just lazy parenting in my book.  However in reality I think I'm going to have to compromise as I don't want my kids to be left behind but I really resent the fact that society is pushing us into having to make these decisions for our kids when they are so young.

Edited by tigerdog, 24 April 2012 - 10:46 AM.

#13 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:16 AM

tigerdog- I feel a bit like you in some ways. DD did not start using a computer till she was 5 and learning computers at school. We only have on computer and now the itouch. No gaming consoles.

However I fail to see how giving a young child an ipod touch or equivalent is lazy parenting. It is possible to control the use of these gadgets. My DD still has plenty of outside play and we limit the ipod touch usage. We are not lazy parents. It doesn't have to be all or nothing.

And you still have a choice as to if and when you give these gadgets to your kids. DD has not been left behind because she didn't have a DS, gaming console or her own computer. DD has been asking for a DS for the last few years and I just said no. Never felt any pressure to get her what everyone else has.

Edited by Princess.cranky.pants, 24 April 2012 - 11:17 AM.

#14 Carmen02

Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:22 AM

my DS would love to get an ipod touch lol his 8 in August Im still deciding if we can afford it at the moment and another reason is my DD just got one for her 10th birthday! lol

#15 trdl

Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

I dont think it is too young at all but we decided to wait until she wanted one and that was last xmas just before she turned 9. All her friends got one for xmas so i was glad that we ended up getting it for her. When her friends come over they are always on them swapping games and apps.

#16 trdl

Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:54 AM

QUOTE (tigerdog @ 24/04/2012, 10:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't want my kids to touch any technology until as late as possible, I believe in kids being outdoors and active and handing this stuff over to kids at a young age is just lazy parenting in my book.  However in reality I think I'm going to have to compromise as I don't want my kids to be left behind but I really resent the fact that society is pushing us into having to make these decisions for our kids when they are so young.

That is great you have chosen that  for your children and a choice that is yours, so i acknowledge that, but realistically those children who dont have access to technology at a younger age will be far behind the eightball with kids their age in the long run. We dont live in the 80s anymore, kids these days need to be moving with the times as they should. Being a parent stopping that process is really just being ignorant to change. YOu dont have to stop your kids being active outdoors you just set boundaries with the time children spend on these devices.

#17 marley*and*me

Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:04 PM

My a few days from turning 5 son got one from Santa for Christmas. His 2yo sister can also use it.  they both also use my iPhone and iPad. The 2 yo just loves looking at photos of everyone.

dS loves listening to music on it more so than playing games.

Ps -my son spends most of his time outdoors or playing with his sister.We have no gaming consoles in our house. Keeping technology from them IMO just hurts them in the long run as that is where we are moving as a society. You just need to keep a balance between technology and other activities. We find it very easy to do and have two very balanced children to show for it.

#18 Phascogale

Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:55 PM

Last year DD1 got one for her 10th birthday.  As a consequence DD2 wanted one for her 8th birthday too.

It's easier to shield the oldest child from more technology than subsequent kids.

Anyhow, DD2 has been great with hers.  I bought a leather fliptop case for it (pretty sure it's probably been dropped but because of the case it's not been broken).  She tends to listen to music on it every now and then (usually when we are driving somewhere).  There are some free games on it but she doesn't really play them.  She's just learning about the fact that it has an alarm clock (haven't got her one of those yet) so she's starting to use that to get up for school.

But spends more time outside than ever before (we have moved though).

#19 adnama

Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:01 PM

My DD and DS got one each for christmas they were 6 1/2 and 3 yrs.
Makes it easier they don't take my iPhone plus make its easier for family to buy them iTunes cards instead of money. They can buy games, music or tv shows now

#20 -al-

Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:25 PM

I dont think it is appropriate, Not because I think 8 it too young, but I think 12 is too young to be able to use such a device to access the internet unsupervised. There are so many un protected wi-fi providers in our area that there is no way I would be allowing my children to have one. Simply because I do want to be controllilng when and where they can use it when they can have another ipod which wouldnt create the same issues.

Edited by -al-, 29 April 2012 - 11:26 PM.

#21 ~ky~

Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:46 PM

I think that once a child is old enough to have earned the money for one and bought it for themselves, then they are old enough to have one!

There are too many expensive items given to kids which are not looked after and are taken for granted because we have lost the strength to teach them lessons in the value of money etc. To them, it's something that Mum and Dad just gave them, not something they earned or had to sacrifice anything for, therefore it is left on the floor/lost/damaged/given away without a second thought.

They are unnecessary in my opinion. If Mum or Dad have one, then the kids can earn some time on theirs or they save their money (doing odd jobs etc) until they can buy one for themselves!

Edited by ~ky~, 30 April 2012 - 01:46 PM.

#22 workingmum

Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:35 PM

We have four children - 11, 9, 8, and 3, and they all have them.  They use them for music, taking photos, playing games, and I can keep in touch with my oldest via text messaging when he is at his friends or footy training.

I check them all each week, do the updates, browse (and download) the photos, and generally keep an eye over everything.

Our 3yr old goes to lots of appointments (speech, OT, Physio, Paeds etc), and we are in lots of waiting rooms, so it's a lifesaver for these situations.

#23 JJ

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

I think it probably depends on the child. DS has only had his for a few months, he was 10 when he got it (with his own money that he'd saved up), and that seemed a good age for him. He mainly uses it for games, music and as an alarm clock, and also to message family members who have an iPod as well (I'm not even sure how that works, but it's good that he can connect with them easily). Now DD (who is nearly 8) is also saving up for one. She has a little way to go yet, but once she gets there I'll be fine with her having one.

DS is really not interested in accessing the internet except to download stuff from iTunes, so I'm not too worried about that aspect for now. It also teaches him money management, knowing he has a certain balance on his gift card and having to decide what to invest it in.

#24 duritz

Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:25 PM

DD has had her own since she was 7. I have turned off in-app purchases, youtube etc in the restrictions and she doesn't know her iTunes account password so I can monitor what she is playing.

#25 Georgie01

Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:21 PM

I dont think it is appropriate, Not because I think 8 it too young, but I think 12 is too young to be able to use such a device to access the internet unsupervised.

They don't need to access the internet, my kids can't use theirs this way. I download the games and music for them onto my computer (they don't know the password) and then transfer them to the iPod/iPad so I know exactly what they've got on them. My kids bought iPods at 6 and 8 yo but they had to save up and buy them themselves with birthday/Christmas money from relatives (this meant no gifts for around a year).

They do have their time limited but I'm amazed at some of the things they use them for - DD7 loves to make video and photo presentations for "show and tell" (this was her teacher's suggestion as she is very shy about speaking to the class but will cheerfully show pictures/videos of her beloved pets, outings etc.).

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