Wednesday, October 24 2012, 12:09PM
“No, you're not. Such presents introduce materialism to children at too young an age. Also, it is a waste of the Earth's resources. It allows negative influences to reach vunerable people, including children. It also makes them a target for being mugged. I believe the technology is also harmful to a child's learning ability.”
Thursday, October 25 2012, 8:38AM
“My Nephew has cerebral palsy, his arm movement is restrictedHe loves reading, he can't use play stations and Xboxes,he is very bright and is somewhat high functioning.He struggled with bullying at school, and struggles to socialise.Although it's not the same, we got him a Kindle when they were new,He loves it, he get books, carry it around, he was one of the firstand it's benefited him socially as his friends had never seen one.He uses an IPAD which belongs to his parents friends, and he is like a different person.They can't afford to buy him one outright, and as a family we can't justify gettinghim one as it's not fair on his siblings as we can't afford to buy them all one.One day they will be cheaper as newer ones come out, and we believe it would reallybenefit him.I know it's different, it's not about the latest toy with him, but there are cases where it is a good idea. I also have a niece who was bought a new laptop and camera by her dad, she is very social but quite large, she was popular because she is socially adept and has the latest toys. Once the laptop was unfashionable she asked for a new one, her parents have 2 other children and said no. So she broke it, knowing it could be replaced under the guarantee, the same with the camera. So I do see where you are coming from.The IPAD has been marketed more as a leisure tool than anything else so it's bound to appeal to kids. It's really up to parents to set boundaries, and establish what they can and can't afford.It's a big shiny thing. They all look the same. A lot of kids walk to school unsupervised and if people rob adults, a kid will be a pushover. It should really be up to the school to say no one can bring them. Or phones, and the decision should be final.When I was at School my mates brought things to school for break time, my Mum wouldn't let me take mine so I didn't lose them or break them, as a result I wasn't included in the other kids circles and everyone though I was a liar because no one ever saw my toys. I lived out of the catchment area so not many kids from school ever came to my house, I had different friends outside school. The thing is, My toys never got lost or trashed, but they are only things,I never had the upset of another kid stealing things, but I missed out socially.I know it doesn't really matter in the long run.The school shouldn't let kids bring their own things in at all.But if parents can afford to splash the cash, then it's up to them ultimately,but as with my nieces, they might end up digging in for the long haul every time technology and fashion moves on. Even my nephew wants a newer kindle despite there being nothing wrong with the old one.. when we asked him why, he can't give us a genuine answer which we can't rebuff, but it doesn't stop him complaining.Personally I think kids should be taught the value of things, no matter how rich the parents.So yes and no is my answer.”
Thursday, October 25 2012, 2:41PM
“"So yes and no is my answer." - Could not you just have said that?I feel it is far too young, why? What would a two year old want with an ipad? He/she would play with the packaging more, and this is not good for the child's health – end.”
Thursday, October 25 2012, 4:23PM
“City 10 - you are in a very judgemental mood and a bit discourteous to Chappy who obviously took the time to write a considered response.
I too have a relative who is disabled. Such technology has enhanced his life immensly and it's quite offensive of you to mak the comments you did.”
Thursday, October 25 2012, 11:33PM
“I think that whole idea of it is stupid full stop. I wouldn't say C10 was being judgmental, he said his reason why. Whereas you haven't Musicalk. I have to agree at just 2 years of age what would be the point of it all, meaningless.”
Friday, October 26 2012, 10:21AM
“Really? Sorry don't believe that for one minute. No one is going to buy a two year old an ipad so anyone even giving that part of the discussion serious consideration should give themselves a shake.
Does technology harm a childs development? It certainly can if over exposed to it. However as technology is part of everyday life children should learn to use it along with all the other areas they develop. It's when other aspects of a childs development are ignored and replaced with consoles, tv, smartphones, dvds, 'membership' websites like moshi monsters etc that causes damage.”
Friday, October 26 2012, 5:08PM
“I agree with Chappy in regards to children with disabilities etc, but not as young as 2, I dont think its useful at that age, far too young, I dont believe they would really know what to do with it, my son wouldnt of. My 2 youngest are at infants and junior level, and most of their homework now requires the internet, finding information etc, specific sites and printing out. I dont really like it to be honest, id prefer a traditional option for their homework at that young age, such as using books to find information, or just plain writing. My daughter is only 6, and its ridiculous that her homework sometimes is to find certain info on subjects and print it out.”
Friday, October 26 2012, 7:57PM
“I agree with chappy as well - fine if it helps less able children. Otherwise....we (and im assuming adults 30+) are in a different age to children today - they need to use new technologies as they appear. With anything electrical, its a question of the amount of time they spend online and balancing that with outdoor/active activities.As for the child who broke her laptop as she knew the guarantee would provide another one....one word to describe her - BRAT - and another for the parents - FOOLS!!!”
Saturday, October 27 2012, 11:55AM
“Im an older mum to my 2 youngest annabros. I have 2 grown up children who have left home and have their own lives in their 20's and my 2 little ones. i must admit I find the change in education hard to follow, I do prefer the traditional methods.”
Saturday, October 27 2012, 12:20PM
“And I do think traditional teaching has been lost somewhere. My son has autism, but mechanically reads to a high standard, in fact he can pick up anything and read it, his assessment recently was age 11 (he is almost 8) but its much higher then that at home. Unfortunately he doesnt understand a word of it, but at least its a basis to work from. Same with maths, he can add and subtract into the thousands, but give him a two pence and a pound and he thinks the 2p is worth more because its bigger in size.
But this isnt from school, his reading is because we have a love of books, he was reading before he started school, and maths the same, I love maths myself and excelled in it at school.
As far as IT goes, I have qualifiations, and I did buy him a laptop aged 4, but only for the purpose of his reading comprehension, I devised a program where I could scan in books and words came up (before kindles were invented lol) and also a word recognition audio program. The hope was that the 2 combined might trigger an understadning of what had been said/read, but so far it hasnt helped.
To be honest the way teaching is now, if i hadnt of started him off, i doubt he would be able to read as well as he does, when he started school it was months before he had even brought home a book, and it was what I would give a 2 year old, there was no assessment to see what he could read, it was poor right up until now, a little better in his juniors :/”
Thursday, November 08 2012, 9:39AM
“annabros - yes she is s brat - but her parents aren't fools - she's overstepped the line, to the point where she doesn't show gratitude for ordinary gifts from other family members, no matter how big their age difference, and how much they tried to get her something they think she'd like. I don't believe in conceding and giving her money, as she will just waste it on junk food. She doesn't even save a copy of her downloaded music - it's disposable to her, so even itunes vouchers are off the list. But her parents have 2 other children to think about and have never fell for her consumerist tantrums or behaviour. Now she is 18 she has to learn the ways of the world. Her Mum stopped buying food in that she likes, and gets stuff for the family a couple of years back and if she doesn't like it she has to either buy it herself or do without.
I also agree about 2 year olds, but there are people with more money than sense, and probably see it as a surrogate parent. As for negative comments, I don't let it bother me. There was no justification in the post, despite the fan club backing it up a couple of posts later.
It's simply not worth arguing about.”
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