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Old Nov 12, 2012, 05:36 AM   #1
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How young is too young?

I'm thinking of buying my daughters a 16gig, 4th gen iPod Touch each for Christmas.

Does anyone think the youngest, at 6 is too young to have one?

To be used mainly for games / apps. I won't be encouraging them to listen to music via headphones, and will certainly restrict settings on them (including max volume).

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Old Nov 12, 2012, 05:54 AM   #2
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Hayohhhh, demographic for Ipod touch is getting younger and younger everyday.


I think it will be fine for her as long as kids game are preloaded to the device. There are many violence game these days as well.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 05:56 AM   #3
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This is MY opinion but:

I think everybody should get a phone/iPod at the age of 11 or 12.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 06:02 AM   #4
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You can restrict the settings enough to the point where you wouldn't need to monitor over them, really. Every app has a rating and some apps (like Web Browsers, Facebook, and violent games) have to have a higher rating so if you block the app install to the 6+ apps, block out safari and limit TV shows to TV-Y and clean music only you should be fine.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 06:15 AM   #5
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You can restrict the settings enough to the point where you wouldn't need to monitor over them, really. Every app has a rating and some apps (like Web Browsers, Facebook, and violent games) have to have a higher rating so if you block the app install to the 6+ apps, block out safari and limit TV shows to TV-Y and clean music only you should be fine.
I'm liking the sound (pun intended) of restrictions!

They are smart cookies, and regularly use my ipad mini unsupervised, so some control will definitely be required.

I will pre-load them with suitable apps then restrict app install and delete (and max volume) at the very least I think.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 06:18 AM   #6
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I think the Touch is a wise choice for younger children. It's a great device, but is missing the one thing you would NOT want any child of that age to have....The phone. I see no reason why a 6 year old shouldn't have a Touch...She will learn about taking care of technology too.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 07:57 AM   #7
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Great idea! My children were 6 & 8 when they received there first iPods. They enjoyed them and learned to respect them. Actually sold them a few years later when we upgraded them. My kids really appreciate their iPods.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 04:32 AM   #8
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This is MY opinion but:

I think everybody should get a phone/iPod at the age of 11 or 12.
NO! You are absolutely wrong. No one should ever have an iPod at age 11 or 12.

They should only have it at age 13 or 14. And also at age 58. Age 9 is also acceptable. But never age 8 or 10.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 05:02 PM   #9
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I'm thinking of buying my daughters a 16gig, 4th gen iPod Touch each for Christmas.

Does anyone think the youngest, at 6 is too young to have one?

To be used mainly for games / apps. I won't be encouraging them to listen to music via headphones, and will certainly restrict settings on them (including max volume).

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everyone has their own opinion....but i think anything under 12 is too young to own such a device. what is wrong with having a family iPad where the kids can learn to share?

why does a 6 year old need their own iPod touch?
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 08:59 PM   #10
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I'm thinking of buying my daughters a 16gig, 4th gen iPod Touch each for Christmas.

Does anyone think the youngest, at 6 is too young to have one?

To be used mainly for games / apps. I won't be encouraging them to listen to music via headphones, and will certainly restrict settings on them (including max volume).

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YES YES YES, she will thank you when she's older and has healthy hearing. I myself have Tinnitus and hate it, but that's because someone thought it would be funny to blast a trumpet an inch from my ear.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 09:16 PM   #11
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My granddaughter has navigated the iPad since she turned 2. I had an old ipod touch and would let her play with it, but she preferred the iPad or iPhone. So, she is almost 3 now and has quite a few apps on the ipad. I would think that a 6 yo would be responsible enough, to have their own iPod. And I agree with your supervision ideas. They couldn't add an app w/o your password, right?
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 09:21 PM   #12
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I remember when I was six (which I'll admit, was just over 11 years ago).

I rode my bike, played sword fighting with sticks, had a $5 portable FM radio, and had the coolest teddy bear a kid could ask for.

Honestly, I'm no parent nor do I have the slightest idea how to raise a child, but a six year old having their own iPod Touch? Really? I see no benefit from it whatsoever.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 09:31 PM   #13
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I remember when I was six (which I'll admit, was just over 11 years ago).

I rode my bike, played sword fighting with sticks, had a $5 portable FM radio, and had the coolest teddy bear a kid could ask for.

Honestly, I'm no parent nor do I have the slightest idea how to raise a child, but a six year old having their own iPod Touch? Really? I see no benefit from it whatsoever.
Yeah, maybe my thinking is old fashioned as well. At 6 years old I never had tv nor a radio to listen to. Spent most of my time playing outside with friends and with toys. Yes, ipods are great. But addicting kids to technology also has its downside just like video games. I'm no parent but looking at kids today with cell phones and texting and sitting on their computers all day is crazy....sounds like me lol.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 10:04 PM   #14
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Yeah, iPod Touches are pretty normal for young kids to have these days - Any reason why you don't want them listening to music via headphones, tho?
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 10:12 PM   #15
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I think children in their formative years need to be able to have more exposure to the more traditional flavours of entertainment... running, playing with a pet, playing in the sandbox... you know work with their hands and run and laugh and jump...
i dont think theres nothing wrong with an ipod, but i think theres a time for everything and i think it's important for really young (really, babies..) to not miss out on those exposures.
I read a study once on this kid who was kept pretty much sterile in their younger years... when that kid grew up, he had an impaired immune system.
Not entirely relevant here, but it goes along with my point i think.

Just my 2 cents, your kid's mileage may vary
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 03:34 AM   #16
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Yeah, iPod Touches are pretty normal for young kids to have these days - Any reason why you don't want them listening to music via headphones, tho?
I would load their devices with a few playlist that I have on my iTunes, but I'd be buying them more for using learning apps and games - mini iPad minis if you like!

I wouldn't want a child of any age listening to music for hours on end via headphones for the obvious reasons.

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I think children in their formative years need to be able to have more exposure to the more traditional flavours of entertainment... running, playing with a pet, playing in the sandbox... you know work with their hands and run and laugh and jump...
i dont think theres nothing wrong with an ipod, but i think theres a time for everything and i think it's important for really young (really, babies..) to not miss out on those exposures.
I read a study once on this kid who was kept pretty much sterile in their younger years... when that kid grew up, he had an impaired immune system.
Not entirely relevant here, but it goes along with my point i think.

Just my 2 cents, your kid's mileage may vary
I fully agree, and we do an enormous amount of that type of stuff. These would be for occasional, supervised use - and would probably not leave the house!
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:52 AM   #17
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I remember when I was six (which I'll admit, was just over 11 years ago).

I rode my bike, played sword fighting with sticks, had a $5 portable FM radio, and had the coolest teddy bear a kid could ask for.

Honestly, I'm no parent nor do I have the slightest idea how to raise a child, but a six year old having their own iPod Touch? Really? I see no benefit from it whatsoever.
By this logic, we should all still be playing with sticks. The world moves on - what was once an expensive iconic device is now merely an entertainment device, but that's fine.

I had an iPod mini when I was 5, and I'm not some technology-addicted unsociable freak.
Heck, I even conducted experiments with how different music genres affected how well I did on the brick game... science right there

(Classical music was the best, btw...)
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 05:57 AM   #18
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I'm thinking of buying my daughters a 16gig, 4th gen iPod Touch each for Christmas.

Does anyone think the youngest, at 6 is too young to have one?

To be used mainly for games / apps. I won't be encouraging them to listen to music via headphones, and will certainly restrict settings on them (including max volume).

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I got my first gameboy around that age I think... So I don't see why not really
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 07:20 AM   #19
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I got my first gameboy around that age I think... So I don't see why not really
Didn't that original GameBoy Tetris rock? Original MIDI music was so addicting! And very few people realized they were listening to Russian folk music (Korobelniki, the main Tetris theme song, is a Russian folk song dating way way back to the times of the Russian Czars, before the Soviet Union ever existed).




** Original GameBoys were usually bundled with free games like Tetris.
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Didn't that original GameBoy Tetris rock? Original MIDI music was so addicting! And very few people realized they were listening to Russian folk music (Korobelniki, the main Tetris theme song, is a Russian folk song dating way way back to the times of the Russian Czars, before the Soviet Union ever existed).




** Original GameBoys were usually bundled with free games like Tetris.
Oh I didn't actually have that, my first gameboy was the 'gameboy advance', after checking the release date I found out I wasn't actually 6.

I was about 8 years old, but my brother (who got it the same time I did) was 6...
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 04:28 PM   #21
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iDevices cater to almost every age. You can plop a 2 y/o in front of a iDevice and have them watch stuff on Netflix. It just really depends on what you are comfortable with.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 09:13 AM   #22
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I just bought my 21 month old an iPod touch. Would have preferred to get him an iPad mini but couldn't quite justify the cost.

There's a boatload of games (a mix of educational and fun) that he likes to play on my iPhone so getting him his own touch means my phone can stay in my pocket, out of harm's way.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 01:18 PM   #23
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My kids won't have any electronic devices of their own until they're 14 or 15.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 07:52 PM   #24
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Are there ways to cause the iPod Touch to make noises remotely in case it is lost in the house, since you can't call it like an iPhone?
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 05:03 PM   #25
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it all depends on how responsible both the parent and kid/child are. I got stuff at an early age , but if I made bad grades etc. I would get it taken away.

Now a days kids get iPad's and Kindle fire's for little effort and a way to "babysit" their kids.

All depends on how its done.

P.S. I work retail and had a lady by her child a Kindle fire for $159 so she could watch Family Guy. Example of what NOT to do
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