Just want to check im not overly protective of my macbook...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jabingla2810, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Ok, so last week I was on holiday with a few people, and I took my aluminium macbook with me, because I knew we'd have access to the internet.

    A couple who came with us have 2 kids, one about 6 and the other about 3, and of course they get bored over the week, especially of an evening, when they are winding down for bed.

    Anyway, the topic came up, that they could use my laptop to watch a dvd and the eldest could play a simple game I have installed.

    I looked down at these two kids, looking back up at me with longing eyes, one was eating an ice pop.... but was holding the actualy ice instead of the stick, and the younger one was caked in chocolate and was happily chewing on a chicken nugget. And I thought about my lovely macbook, sat safe and snug upstairs in its nice soft carry case.

    I said no.... I just couldnt do it....

    The rest of the people I were on holiday with arent interested in computers at all, and didnt understand why I would say no....

    Was I being unreasonable to say no? lol
  2. RobertD63 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2008
    A place
    Well Im right there with you. Kids are cute and all but when it comes to protecting an investment I will not let a kid do it if I could of said no. Tell you the truth, to bad if its mean. :p
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I have to share a similar story that pisses me off. My friend (dumb PC user) hated Macs because the iMacs (white plastic models) froze very frequently and said the sole XP computer ran fine. I told him that more people used the Macs, and treated it like garbage. He wouldn't believe me. Some ppl stuck gum to the iMac, spilled drinks over the keyboard, threw the MM, stepped on the cables, spat at the screen, the list goes on and on. banging on the keyboard wasn't even mentioned nor jamming pencils and other crap down the SuperDrive.

    Bottom line, I'd never give my Mac to kids that are caked in chocolate or holding an ice pop thing. I'd tell them to clean up and stay that way.
  4. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    No you weren't in the wrong. Theres no end of damage (physical or otherwise) a messy kid could do to a nice computer.
    A coursemate at university lent his 12" PowerBook to his younger brother. The next day after a lecture he put a DVD into the PB. It didn't spin up, tried ejecting but it was stuck. Turns out his brother had got ice cream in the DVD drive, had to buy a new drive in the end and them things were quite expensive in the UK.

    Personally I was never like that as a kid. The few times I got to play on my dads friends Amiga systems I treated them as I would my own. But I've always been good to computers.
  5. Sparky19 macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    i think you were right to say no mate, the only person allowed to touch my macbook is me, i have had it a year now and they only person who has ever touched it has been me and when i am asked if someone can use it i cringe with fear, i love it too much to let anyone else even touch it
  6. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    You were spot on with your decision.

    I'm even protective of my MBP when my wife uses it.
  7. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    I would have said no too.

    Why would they have to use (or play with) your MacBook.
    They are kids, they should play with a Nintendo DS and not with a $1200 computer.
  8. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    I'll be the last person to tell you that you were wrong.

    Definitely the right decision.

    Besides, shouldn't the parents be responsible for keeping their sticky-fingered offspring entertained? ;)
  9. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
    Had it of been my previous Dell machine, I would have given it away (which I liked, worked fine, no/little issues). However, my Macbook - not a chance. Uh uh, no way.
  10. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    No I think you made the right and wise choice. It will only take a few seconds to ruin a nice laptop like the MB with some messy kids out there that just dont give a f. :D
  11. Jeremy81 macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2007
    It's your property and you didn't want to risk it getting damaged. You made the right decision. It sounds incredibly petty that someone would be annoyed or angry over you not allowing kids to use it. I'm not a kid person but I can tolerate them, what I can't take is parents that will allow their children to do or get anything and get angry at those who won't.
  12. jtibbitt macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2009
    Yes, take care of the Macbook. Let them play with some other crap book. If anything, just let them watch from at least an arms reach while you play the game. Or perhaps play a really boring game (like a spelling B game) and tell them that is the only game made for Apple.
  13. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    as with pretty much everything in life, being careful is healthy, and being obsessive is unhealthy. That being said, letting toddlers go wild with an expensive laptop is not a good idea. Besides, kids need to learn how to deal with disappointment sooner or later. The world doesn't revolve around them.
  14. UrFatMom macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2009
    Would have said the same thing. Big No Way. However, they can use my thinkpad anyday, and I wouldn't mind :D
  15. statik13 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2008
    When my toddler nieces & nephew are over I have no worries about them watching movies on the iMac. As long as they aren't poking at the screen they can't do any damage. Just make a point of having them wash their hands and sit down to watch the show and you come out looking like a hero to them instead of a grump.
  16. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    I have to agree with you OP. Unless you made sure to wash the kids hands before they used your MB and sit there with them the WHOLE time they watched a DVD or played a game, there's really no telling what those kids could've done lol :D
    Heck, i don't even let certain GROWN-UPS use my macbook :eek:
  17. IrishSniper87 macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2009
    I don't think it is unreasonable to say no. If you set it up on a table to watch a movie, which could be safe, the laptop could still end up in their hands. It only takes a few minutes for them to potentially ruin it, and once it's already out, you still look like bad if you are to "over-protective" of it. It is better to say, "Look, it is an expensive and fragile machine that I need for work, and I can't risk any damage to it. I can't afford to lose information that is stored on it."

    I personally take very good care of all my devices and have had friends break my stuff and hand it back to me (and act like I gave it to them broken!). I am not fond of loaning stuff to people, because I find people don't take care of things. Now imagine that with a 6 and a 3 year old, who have no concept of money and value, and think everything is only for their pleasure (not their fault, call it innocence if you will).

    If the parents wanted to watch a movie, they could have brought their own laptop or dvd player. DVD players can be had for $40 here in the states. Unibody MacBooks are $1299 to start. If they wanted to borrow a cheap dvd player, fine whatever, but I dont let my family members use my primary computer, so I sure as heck wont let a 3 year old use it.
  18. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    I'll stick with the overwhelming majority. I have two Macs. Nobody touches them but me. I (very occasionally) make an exception for my fiancee, who is allowed to use the laptop for brief tasks. That's it. I do not loan machines out; friends do not get to use them. Children with sticky fingers are not allowed within five feet of any piece of equipment I own.

    It's 2009. It's not like you're waggling something rare in front of them to belittle them. Laptops can be had very cheaply, and anyone can get their own. It's not your responsibility to entertain them or their spawn. If they are that easily bored, they should have brought something to do. If their children are that easily bored, they should have been left with family while their parents went on vacation.

    If they cannot fathom why you do not want ten kinds of nastiness smeared all over the machine you invested over a thousand dollars in, just tell them it's a work machine and you are prevented from letting others use it for security reasons, and leave it at that.
  19. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Your protectiveness is understandable from a computer user's perspective, but I can also see how it's not understandable from a bystander's point of view.
    Sometimes it's best to let go and just let your family have fun.

    As with the sticky fingers, I will of course ask them to finish their food and clean their hands first. You just need to establish some house rules.
  20. NeGRit0 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2008
    Las Vegas, Nv
    I wouldn't let them...

    I live with my sister and her to daughters. One is five and one is two an a half. Now these children are quite smart, the two yr old knows which dvds she likes can turn on the tv, open the dvd player, and get the movie going and everything. It's really quite amazing, but i keep the door to my room locked when im not home. In my bedroom i have my macbook, a PS3, a 360, and a 50" flat tv. Rugrats and electronics do NOT mix. I mean i love the kids to death, but they just cant be trusted around such expensive things.
  21. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    hahaha that made me laugh

    no, no and no. At least not until they washed up.
  22. Thomas Davie macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    You did the right thing. I'm not even going to bring my UMBP17 over to my girlfriend's house unless she stops smoking. She thought I was being a prick, but then I pointed out that an HP laptop which I *gave* to her had declined at an alarming rate *eg. cleaning the screen would wipe yellowish tar off, etc). No offense to the little kids, but I doubt that they would be able to pay for damage to your laptop should it occur.

  23. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    You did the right thing. Heck, I wouldn't even let my kids use any of my computers at that age without close supervision. As for the people who questioned your decision, I would have asked them if they'd be comfortable letting the kids use their similarly-valued camera or other such item.
  24. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I would never let a kid touch my precious whitebook. Whenever family comes to visit, that's why I have my old Dell ;)
  25. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    The only person i let touch my macbook is my girlfriend and even than im skeptical haha;)

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