iPad for my baby

Discussion in 'iPad' started by lundehund, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. lundehund macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    Hey guys,

    I've seen some quite interesting Apps for the iPad which are especially designed for children.(http://www.ikidapps.com/2011/05/ipad-games-for-kids.html)

    I'd like to educate my son in a way which involves constant studying and hard work in order to become successful and wealthy, people don't get successful without effort.

    As a result, I'm thinking about getting an iPad2 and install apps like MathBingo etc. Do you have any suggestions how early I should start this training? My son is one year old, should I wait?
    Also, how safe is the iPad? Are there "childproof" cases and does the glass release dangerous splinters when broken?

    If you have any experience with that I'd be pleased if you could give some advice.
  2. Ruffian829 macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2008
    I couldn't see buying such an expensive breakable object for a child. Why not get some of those leap frog learning systems / games. They make plenty of electronic games / systems that are designed for children...
  3. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    I don't know about using it as an educational tool, but I know a friend who would let his 3 year old play a writing game on the iPad occasionally. He seemed to pick it up pretty easily.
  4. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    I bought a referb iPad 1 and en decided to buy an ipad2 (long story). But instead of returning the iPad 1 I gave it to my grandkids (3 and 7).

    Two things:
    1) put a good protector on it. I had Ghost Armor installed to protect it. Kids are hard on things and they invariably have grungy fingers. I feel very comfortable with the Ghost Armor installed all over.
    2) both learned very quickly to be pretty careful. However a 1year-old will have to be helped and sat with pretty much al the time. For a wail at least.

    I found several games for then. The 3 year old loves the Dora writing game and several of the drawing games. The numbers gamens do not interest her. You can find a lot and many are free. One thing I do like about using the iPad is to read to them. Since the books are in color they love to help me read.

    Just do a search on children's games and you will find plenty that will interest your child. However, he's pretty young so don't expect a long attention span. And we do limit the kids to 30 mins or so a day. At their age imagination and empty boxes seem to be more interesting, although my 7 year old grandson does love the mazes and math logic puzzles.
  5. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Obviously people can do what they want, but as a parent of a one year old then I'll throw in my opinion and say I find it to be unnecessary to spend so much on a baby in the name of "education".

    In defense of giving a kid their own iPad, there's no "kid mode" on the iPad So if i were to try making it an education tool then id want my data protected from those peanut butter fingers and an entirely separate device would be ideal.

    But reality is different. Its not practical to give a baby an iPad and while i do allow my daughter to use it and "try" to teach on it, for the most part she just swipes to unlock, deletes apps, constantly swipes out of books we're reading and then never really "learns" anything that isn't better taught with paper books and "real" objects rather than metaphors.

    To me, since at that age they don't really have the concept of "mine" and "yours" (everything is "theirs") then its better to save those big milestone gifts for moments when they "earn it" and don't end up growing up entitled to niceties. Because when kids get nice things for free then they're more likely to wreck it or lend it to friends as opposed to when they work hard and earn that new gadget or car.

    Back to the "kid mode" thing. Ive always felt there should be user profiles. Keep the wife, kid, guests separate, lock the digitizer so kids don't keep switching the movie they're watching or restrict certain sites/apps. Until they do this then Tablets aren't necessarily a "for everyone" device.
  6. shortcrust macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    I've umed and ared about whether to reply to this thread because the approach that parents take to educating their children is a very personal thing. But for what it's worth, I think you should relax. MathBingo for a one year old is crazy, as is putting too much emphasis on things like iPads and computers. A kid of that age will learn more by messing around with some bricks that by playing with a screen. Young children need to play with toys. They need to experiment with physical things to develop motor skills and build their understanding of how the world works. They're programmed to teach themselves and will do so very effectively if provided with a stimulating environment. Playing with an iPad is fine, but it should just be one of range of 'toys'.

    Talking about constant studying and hard work in relation to a small child genuinely sends a shiver down my spine. Let children be children and leave the hard work until they begin formal education. Some of the countries that have the highest educational standards don't begin to teach things like maths to children until the age of six or seven!

    Just my opinion of course, but I work with young kids and have spent years studying child development so this isn't just 'off the top of my head' stuff.
  7. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    Just a tip but you can remove the install/delete app permissions, and you can also hide things like web browsers and you tube, it's under settings.
  8. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    I don't get involved in telling other people how to raise their kids. I have enough questions about raising my own. Having said that, though, I hope the statement above is hyperbole. If it's not, I hope you'll be prepared for the possibility that a childhood that involves "constant studying and hard work" doesn't necessarily produce the outcome you've set out to achieve. That's especially true if you've decided to impose that regimen on a one year old.

    Edit: oops. I see I'm not alone in my reaction. Didn't mean to be redundant but perhaps repetition might be a good thing.
  9. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    If you do get one I recommend buying a used iPad 1 because of its increased durability and metal edges surrounding the glass. The iPad 2 is more likely to shed broken glass due to its design.

    I would also recommend limiting the child's usage per sitting. Prolonged exposure to lcd screens is surely not good for corneal development.
  10. the vj macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2006
    What a baby needs are parenti9ng, not an iPad, how lame.
  11. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Toys, chewable things, things they can develop their imagination with as well as motor skills.
    The toys theynhave for kids today are fantastic. Forego the electronics.
    Just my recommendation
  12. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    your money and your the parent! I found for my child when she was young. taking her places like the Zoo, Science Center the park and spending time with her. Also not talking down to her gave lots of brain stimulus. lots of time to learn via the electronic world.
  13. PirateD macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    These kids are getting more and more spoiled. Most would sell their child for an ipad!!
  14. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    So, your goal is to have your one year old child study hard to become successful and wealthy? Wow, I'm glad you weren't my parent! There is waaaaay more to life than success measured by wealth. And, that is NOT something you can get from an iPad. You need to reevaluate your priorities! Plenty of time to crack the whip over your child when he/she get's into intermediate and high school. Until then, let them be kids.
  15. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    At age one? ... You just convinced me to dump my Fisher Price Stock :D
  16. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    1 year old is way too young.
    Depending on the kid's pace of development, they will pick up nicely on a iOS device between 2 and 3 years old.
    My 3 years old is quite iPad-savvy, she knows to be careful when she got the device in hands. I tell her to go wash her hands before I let her play. She doesn't mess up with anything (deleting apps and such...) Just as a precaution, she gets to play with iPad or iPod touch only when there's an adult around.
  17. WillPwr macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2011
    1yr might be a bit too young for an iPad, but I would be hypocrite to say don't do it ,as my I let my daughter play with an older itouch we had. She just turned 3 and uses the iPad with ease between her games, movies and streaming content. We do treat it as a privilege with her and she doesn't use it without some oberservation..

    Hope that helps a bit...
  18. bmwman3241 macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2009
    We bought my baby brother a MacBook Pro when he was 3 years old. We installed various games and learning software as well as Mavis Beacon and others. He also uses Youtube and iTunes to watch cartoons and Safari occasionally browse online to look at airplanes, ships, etc. (with supervision). When my dad got his iPhone 4, he got the 3GS. When my dad got the iPad 2, he got the iPad 1. He is 6 now and uses the iPad and iPhone to play games mostly, but we are looking into some learning apps for it. The Macbook pro is used for learning as well as entertainment and leisure.
  19. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    A fishprize or leapfrog computer will be fine,heck even just some chewing toys would suffice, why start spoiling somebody already at the age of 1, you will have plenty of time later for that..
  20. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I see the ipad as an interesting way of making learning fun without making it seem like work. What I am concerned about, however, are reports I have read that introducing visual media to children when they are too young may cause them to grow up with poor attention spans. This means that in the future, your child may find it harder to sit down quietly for an extended period of time and concentrate on tasks if it does not involve the use of computers.

    I am seeing a similar issue in my school, where grade 4 pupils (or rather, their parents) have purchased their own laptops. I have problems getting them to focus on their work quietly unless it involves using their laptop in some way.

    I would say go ahead, but don't let that be the only way your child learns. Show him the wonders of reading a good book, for instance.
  21. Ruffian829 macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2008
    Isn't there an innate hypocrisy in the concept of teaching a child to work hard to be successful and buying that child a luxury toy?

    I can't offer much parenting advise as my son is only 6 months old but YOU are the one with the one year old you should be able to realize if he can or cannot do math and math type games. I don't think I'm inaccurate in saying likely not. One year olds can say, what, a handful of words? Some are not even walking? they don't have the skills at that age to do math, and play games like that.

    Buy your child some puzzles or something...

    (that being said my six month old loves "playing" tappy tunes on my iPhone :D he also likes to try and eat the phone...)
  22. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010

    The child should learn things in the real world by going to science parks, zoo, etc not by the electronic means, at least not at this age.
  23. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    lol@this thread!

    I think maybe we should petition apple to develop an ipad junior to compete with that trash nintendo 3DS :p
  24. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    You gotta be joking, right?

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