Joined: Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:49 pm Posts: 126 Location: England
Last night I posted this on facebook
I just don't understand apps for kids or giving expensive smart phones to babies to keep them occupied. I just stumbled on an article called '5 kid friendly apps for your next road trip' and I think WHHHHHY?!
I have a friend who frequently tells me to give my phone to her toddler to keep him entertained and I always refuse. I can't afford to replace a toddler damaged phone!
Naturally she responded. Her 20 month old has his own ipod touch. It's one of their old ones. When I said that was a bit ridiculous, a not yet 2 year old doesn't need an ipod or iphone she replied with.
'Try telling him that'
I'm sorry, are you so under the thumb that your developmentally challenged child can demand a hi-tech gadget from you and you don't even question it? It's YOUR job as a parent to tell him he can't have something!
Yeah, can't really fault businesses for doing this as it increases demand for their products. And hey, if the thing gets broken, then parents will likely just buy another one. Anything for their precious little kids.
One of my colleagues had a new iPhone last year and gave his "old" one to his three year old. I asked him why he would do that and he replied that there is this app which allows his son to click and swipe and see a cow in different situations. I replied, "when I was three, I could also see cows in different situations, in 3D!". He looked at me weirdly for a while, then asked me, how old ARE you? He just didn't get I meant real life cows
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If you want your brat to play with a phone, I have two words for you: Fisher-Price. Giving a brat a real phone only makes it think it's got the same rights as an adult, and it will only demand other things adults have, using the "but you gave me a phone when I was 3!" whine. As for that dumbass who said to tell her kid he couldn't have a phone? Yeah, I wouldn't have any problem doing that. "Hey, you're a kid. You break stuff all the time. This phone cost a lot of money and you are too stupid to understand how to use it at your age. You can play with this pan and wooden spoon now. Knock yourself out."
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screw that. a friend of mine has a kid (2). for his birthday my friends mother in law thought she'd be "the best grandma ever" and got him some expensive TV/game thing for his bedroom.... to this day that kid LOVES the box it came in more than whatever gadget came shipped within it's cardboard goodness.
give the kid some rocks, a hand full of dirt or some craft paper... not a freak'n iphone!
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No kid that young needs fancy gadgets.
Her 20 month old has his own ipod touch. It's one of their old ones. When I said that was a bit ridiculous, a not yet 2 year old doesn't need an ipod or iphone she replied with.
'Try telling him that'
Of course once you get them used to having it, getting it away from them is going to be a massive PITA. That's why you don't give it to them that young to begin with.
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This reminds me of that commercial that was in the other thread- where they were talking about how advanced and new and awesome this phone was, then the next shot is of some kid snatching the phone and running through the house with it while playing on it. It made me wince. Children do not have the best coordination and are prone to tripping and dropping things. Putting a fragile and expensive electronic device into their hands seems like a really, really bad idea.
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When my sister was two, all she could do with a phone was try to eat it. And that was a regular house telephone!
A 20-month-old? He probably doesn't even know exactly what the iPod Touch is! In his mind, it's a toy. Take it from him and if he cries, either pay him no mind or give him an age-appropriate toy (teddy bear, blocks, toy xylophone?). If your friend is being dominated by her son when he's not even 2 years old yet, she's in for a world of hell when he hits 13.
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