Jump to content

How old for an iPod touch
is 8 too young?


  • Please log in to reply
27 replies to this topic

#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?

#2 DEVOCEAN

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

QUOTE
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.).




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

Win Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD

To celebrate the release of Love Child Season 2 on DVD from July 9, Essential Baby and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are giving away Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD to 13 lucky winners.

10 things I wish my pre-baby self knew

I look back at my pre-baby self and laugh at how ridiculously easy I actually had it. I remember complaining about how tired I was and how little time I had.

Creative ways to store your child's art

Ideas for storing your child's artworks have moved on from sticking them to the fridge door before guiltily dumping them in the bin.

Child abuse ignored because 'it's not your children': Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly takes apart the immigration law that's designed to "protect politicians"

How a newborn niece changed star Australian basketballer's life

In August 2013 star basketball Abby Bishop was 24-years-old and in the prime of her sporting career.

Guilt is my new shadow

No one warned me that when I gave birth there would be an additional side order of guilt.

12 brilliant Ikea hacks for kids’ rooms

Check out these creative upcycling ideas that transform regular Ikea items into something special for your little ones.

Child's nightmare about 'man with a light' turned out to be real

For three days, a three-year-old boy had been saying there was "a man with a light" outside his window at night.

Toilet truths after giving birth

The thought of going to the toilet after giving birth is often feared, but there are ways to make it less painful.

Woman asks strangers for $1 million to stop her having an abortion

An anonymous woman is taking an extreme moral and ethical stand by seeking $1 million in donations to prevent her going ahead with a planned abortion.

How a woman's dying wish made another woman a mum

"I kind of think about, 'What did I do beforehand? What kept me so busy back then?' Because now I'm really busy."

The parenting do-over: what six parents did differently second time around

In playgrounds across Australia, you can hear parents lamenting, "When we have our next baby I swear I won't be doing THAT again".

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

27 funny ultrasound pictures

Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

Mother-in-law 'from hell' inspires survival guide

The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

The 83 children who were tragically let down in the last decade

Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

When newborn photoshoots get messy

When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

Name your baby Quinoa, win a $10K gift card

Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

The top 6 misleading parenting terms

From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

When 'good' nannies go bad

While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

Woman hospitalised for skinny jeans injury

Beware: skinny jeans might be bad for your health.

Gauze seeding: the bacteria-breeding birth trend

A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

28 names for babies born in winter

Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

 

FREE TICKET

Get your FREE ticket to the Baby & Toddler Show

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.