2 Year Old has iPhone (Does that make us bad parents?)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Exegesis48, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Exegesis48 macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    Back when the iPhone 4 came out, my wife handed down her iPhone 3G to our 2 year old daughter. She has been in love with it ever since, mastering the different controls and easily switching between videos and games on a regular basis.

    Last night we saw Woogie featured on iLounge and immediately decided it was a good investment. And then upon further thought, we decided to sell her iPhone 3G to buy a 4G iPod Touch. So now we have the new iPod Touch and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of "Woogie".


    Let me know your thoughts.
    (Seems like people think we're bad parents for giving our 2 year old an iPhone)
  2. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Maybe I'm just cranky this morning, but... Your signature makes me think you are a bad parent. How many times to you plan to impart that little gem on your daughter as she grows up?
  3. TorontoLRT macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2010
    Toronto, Duh!
    You criticize someone's signature instead of answering their question? :rolleyes:
    Anyway, I think giving a two-year-old an iPod Touch is a great idea, as long as she is taught to respect it and that it is not just another toy. Kids need as much exposure to technology as they can, IMO.
  4. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US

    My now five and six year old girls have used our iPhones since I bought the wife the original on launch day so I'll share whatever heat the OP takes.

    I'm probably hypersensitive because my six year old has her first soccer game this morning. If their team loses I'll gather them around me and tell them, "Hey, I just read this on the Internet this morning and it might help..." ;)
  5. Exegesis48 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    LOL, I like the irony of my signature, as I'm TERRIBLE at sports personally. But that's why you don't see me constantly volunteering to play any either. The point of my signature is more to say either do or don't, don't keep trying just to do a lackluster job that ruins it for the rest of us.
  6. kelving525 macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    My 2-year old niece has her own personal iPad-- yes, iPad. I don't see it a problem as long as she is playing with apps that are suitable for her age. At the same time, I hope that she is playing with physical toys as well and not just focused on the new iPod. While an iPod can do so much, a child also needs to see physical objects and hands-on activities rather than being glued to the screen as their learning process.
  7. battlekid macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2009
    Somewhere in the middle of nowhere
    Wow. I don't have the time to rant about this any more. Gizmodo's title is good though. Look up an article on Gizmodo for what i mean. I simply don't have the time/energy to repost all my rants from a previous thread on the subject.
  8. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    Keep the cellphone radio off and the answer should be no..
  9. kcjohn macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2007
    Kansas City, Mo
    Sounds like you need a new wife.

    If a child knows how to use an iphone, ipod touch or an ipad before they can wipe their own ass somethings very wrong.
  10. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Unless he's being a good parent and monitoring her usage and using it as a learning tool.

    Though I'd hate to ruin your blanket worldview.
  11. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    My five month old son loves to play with our iPad. He loves Doodle Buddy, and gets really into it as he "draws". He loves to watch the photo slideshow, and we find videos on YouTube for him to watch.

    I'm really looking forward to when he's older and able to interact with it more.

    I think that early introduction of technology to a child is a good thing. The more they learn, the better.
  12. kylezkool12 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2010
  13. Exegesis48 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    As far as the "wipe their own ass", she's been potty trained for months now.
  14. 310396 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2010

    In answer to your rhetorical question, yes, it does make you bad parents and you know it.
  15. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't think it does and I don't think that they know it.

  16. PoolHorse macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2010
    wow! for real? anyone wants to adopt me??? want an iphone!!! lol:D geez lucky kids..:confused:
  17. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    Are we really suppose to judge you through your paragraph of text? You should know if you're a good parent or not.
  18. EllieV macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2010
    Yes. Yes it does.
  19. wootwootman macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2010
    No, you're exposing your kid to electronics and letting her get used to them at an early age. i plan on letting my kid have my 4g like 10 years from now. :)
  20. PhatboyNYC macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    As a parent of a 2 year old myself, I don't know if I'd call you a bad parent but I do think giving a child that young an iphone/ipad/ipod is a bit much in my opinion.

    If I'm not mistaken, child development specialists and doctors recommended not allowing any child under the age of 2 to watch tv, video games, etc. - apparently it causes overstimulation of the senses which is difficult for their minds at the time to process it properly - which may result in learning disabilities and/or ADD, ADHD, etc.

    That being said, I do let my 2 year old son play with my phone on occasion but would not let him sit there staring at a screen for any significant period of time.
  21. iLike2Touch macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2010
    Just give them one of these... works every time ;)

  22. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    I don't see a down-side, if the child is protected from the ugly that exists on the WWW.

    At that age they are amazing sponges for knowledge.

    Who knows what this child could accomplish in her lifetime.

    This is just a updated version of flash-cards, as used by Rick Moranis, in a movie I cannot remember the name of at the moment. :eek:
  23. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    It doesn't make you bad parents just irresponsible adults. Firstly, a two years old doesn't need a phone at all, so you are already wasting the premium price tag between the iPhone and an iPod Touch.

    Secondly, radiation is never a good thing when you know that they don't test devices with two years olds. My brother's daughter loved my iPhone and I was surprised to see how quickly she learnt to play games at the age of three. But that was with the airport mode on and with very occasional use. Small children's eyes get strained much easier than ours.

    Besides, at this age, they look cuter with little balls and basic building blocks. More technology doesn't necessarily make adults or children more intelligent and tech-savvy. Often it makes them more stupid and infantile.
  24. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    my kids, 13 and 4 have always grown up with the latest electronics. i look at as the normal thing to do. i guess if you let them abuse the privilege, then that could be a problem. otherwise, i don't see what the problem is.
  25. Firestar macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    Not necassarily a bad parent... I don't think it's bad that she's 2, and she has a 4G iPod Touch, just kinda ridiculous. But it's your money, spend it how you want. :)

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