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Alice uses the laptop a fair bit (mainly for watching telly as we don't have one) and has just got the hang of the touch pad. She also likes typing out words, playing with different fonts etc which I don't think is a bad thing. But there is no way in hell she is getting a computer or TV in her bedroom. Ideally never, but definitely not until her age hits double digits. To my current way of thinking 10 is also the minimum age for a mobile phone of any kind but I know it's hard to predict what will feel age-appropriate until they actually get there!

Archel, Friday, 25 February 2011 13:29 (eleven years ago) link

Howie doesn't have a laptop of his own but can use a trackpad, mouse, and iPhone as well as any adult. He's only allowed on the CBeebies website though - banned Youtube after he came across some seemingly innocuous Pingu clips which had been treated with some very dubious Portuguese overdubbing. Screen time is strictly limited though and he won't be getting a TV or laptop in his room for many years.

Meg (Meg Busset), Friday, 25 February 2011 18:30 (eleven years ago) link

My son is 2 1/2 and he can work a ipad, iphone with no problems. I did let him play a video game with me on XBOX and now thats all he wants, my wife wants to kill me.

OLD MAN YELLS AT SHOUT RAP (chrisv2010), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 21:30 (eleven years ago) link


my 2 year old just watched TV in our house for the first time. i cued up a bugs bunny cartoon so he would sit still for a haircut. for the next two days he was like "more bugs bunny?"

poops, what does he do w/the iphone and whatever? there's a pretty cool abstract color "game" on my iphone that we play sometimes but otherwise i'm not sure what he'd even do with it

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 3 March 2011 01:27 (eleven years ago) link

I remember Amber going from "laughing uproariously" at the Teletubbies at age 6 months, to "They just do the same things over and over again!" at age three.

Mark G, Thursday, 3 March 2011 10:11 (eleven years ago) link

My kid's 7. He has an HP touch-screen, which he mainly uses for games and the internet (for netflix streaming and cartoon network). I had a hard time with this at first and kept calling it "mommy's computer" and they'd both correct me.

He has a hand-me-down cell phone from his mother that we put in his backpack when we take him places so if we ever get separated, he can just call us. This has never happened, but really puts our minds at ease. He used to like playing video game demos on our phones until he accidentally bought one and now he's got a temp ban on that sort of thing.

We gave him a small ipod shuffle that my wife used to have, but he doesn't use it much.

kkvgz, Thursday, 3 March 2011 10:18 (eleven years ago) link

Tracer, there are some great kids apps out there. Tozzle is fab, Games created by Toddler Teasers, MyCar is just a fun making pictures kind of thing, lunchbox is fun though you may need to help him play bits of that. There's a couple of peppa pig game apps too!

Vicky, Thursday, 3 March 2011 11:33 (eleven years ago) link

well i am going to be upgrading soon and my current iphone conveniently has a broken speaker... thanks for the tips vicky!

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 3 March 2011 11:36 (eleven years ago) link

he plays with elmos monster maker, peek a boo farm, some puzzle games, ANGRY BIRDS and Talking Tomcat...which he loves. and said video game above is the Toy Story 3 video game...yeah my fault.

OLD MAN YELLS AT SHOUT RAP (chrisv2010), Thursday, 3 March 2011 15:48 (eleven years ago) link

not a good idea with the video game, i give him an hour a week with it. thats it.

OLD MAN YELLS AT SHOUT RAP (chrisv2010), Thursday, 3 March 2011 15:54 (eleven years ago) link

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