Age appropriate

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Avaj, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Avaj macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2008
    What do you think is age appropriate to own iPod touch 2nd gen.?

    My daughter admires mine and wants one of her own, she is 7, will be 8 in Aug.

    Thoughts and TIA
  2. 36183 Guest

    Jun 24, 2004
    I would say at least 12 year old.
  3. Brewerpaul macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2008
    Clifton Park,NY
    A while back our newspaper ran a WalMart flier which advertised it for ages 8-16[​IMG]

    Cracked my 58 yr old ass right up [​IMG]
  4. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2008
    Does your daughter have an appreciation to music yet? If yes get her a Shuffle for now.
  5. pkagel macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2008
    SoCal ExPat
    My 6yo is very good with mine as is my GF's 4yo so I think it's just fine for them though I don't let them take it outside.
  6. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    I'd say its okay to let her use but I wouldn't get her one of her own quite yet. She may be an extremley responsible youngen but it only takes one of her friends to ask to see it and drop it or break it. I would go with a shuffle or nano probably, at least for her age...then again I'm only 19...almost 20 :D so I have no first hand experience but i remember how kids were when I was in elementary school.
  7. marcha macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2008
    Our 7 and 9 year old boys have their own Shuffles, and they can use the Nano 3G at times for things that require a bit more adaptability, such as watching a vid or listening to an audiobook (start-pause-resume option). They like my ipod Touch a lot, but we're not going to give them one of those until they've mastered all care aspects of the nano, including playlists, synching, recharging, etc. Until then they can simply learn those things on their Shuffles. Our oldest has his own iTunes program on his computer so that he can learn to use iTunes in combination with his Shuffle. His version doesn't have access to the store or the ability to alter content other than his own playlist based on the existing music library.

    In short - for us it's not necessarily that they're able to use the iPod Touch itself, but that they can understand it and care for it properly too before we consider getting them one.
  8. AngryApple macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    It depends. How mature is she? Do you think she will get on YouTube and look at inappropriate videos? What about Safari? Do you think she will be doing inappropriate things? You could always disable those, of course. If you do not allow those features, I think the Nano would be a better choice. Or even a Shuffle. It's up to you. You know your daughter a lot better than we do.
  9. drichards macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2008
    Consider theft or loss, and cost of replacement when weighing your options for your child's music device. Sandisk/Sansa has some very economical sub-$40 players in the size range of the Shuffle, with a nice little OLED display. Firefly's mobile phones for kids have simple no-keypad controls on some models, built in MP3/video/photo player, and about $9 a mo. for their basic calling plan.
  10. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    Either a shuffle or a non-name brand would be best. You can't trust her to take care of it at that age, especially if she isn't even paying for it.
  11. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    An iPod touch will be way to complicated for her.
    Like the other posters, I'd recommend a shuffle or maybe something like a Creative Zen (wait, those are two separate companies. Lol).
  12. quick5pnt0 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2008
    This is just one of those times where you as the parent need to decide if your child is old enough for something. Not all eight year olds are the same so it really depends on your childs maturity level. A friend of mines son was learning visual basic at nine so...
  13. marcha macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2008
    Excellent point - some kids just 'get' it. That's why we give our oldest the iTunes option because he's got his own computer to do flight-sim (he's got various versions and joysticks and yokes and pedals for it, he's been doing that since he was 2). Our youngest shows less interest in the workings of the computer, or in the care/maintenance of things, so he gets less access to it. Both boys got their iPod Shuffles at Christmas, so we're just going to see how they get on with it in the next few months. There's always next year.

    And then there's kids who are so familiar with DS, or with other forms of hand-held games that the iPod Touch would be almost boring to them. Comes right back to what the personality of the child is in combination with what they're ready for/ can handle?
  14. Avaj thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2008
    Thanks all

    Well my daughter doesn't have any video games, no wii, no psp, no ds, no x-box, never been exposed to it.

    She does have a tv in her room that she watches disney stuff. Other that that she is normal child. She gets on the computer from time to time.

    Then I got my iPod touch a few months ago and she is just in awe of it. She does well with it. If we are out and about she usually have it to entertain herself. So I was flirting with idea of getting her own. I would not let her take it to school or nothing like that. She would just use it at home or with me if we are out.
  15. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i agree, a nano would be best as the touch is more prone to breaking if she drops it which is highly likely at her age group
  16. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    When I first had my Touch, I suddenly became the new best friend of my buddy's 9-year-old boy. Of course all he really wanted were the games.

    As for when is an appropriate age to own one, that really depends on the maturity level and risk tolerance that you're willing to accept.

    Worst case, your kid will drop it, break it, or get it stolen. What will his/her response be? (a) Yell and scream and beg and sulk for you to buy another one, (b) accept that "them's the breaks" and be willing to move on, or (c) accept full responsibility including taking on chores or jobs to help pay for a replacement? And, knowing your kid, how long do you expect it to be before it happens again?

    If it were my kid I would want them to be somewhere between (b) and (c). I'd encourage them to save up the money to buy it on their own, and learn about financial management, patience, self-discipline and property ownership while they were at it.

    So my short answer would be, when they're capable of saving up and buying their own (whether they actually do so is the parent's call).

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