It seems that there are many, many children out there in what would be considered the "middle class" (or something close to the socioeconomic middle class on either side, upper or lower) that are carrying around iPads by age 5-11 or so. I know this is a big spread, but I do not recall any time in history that it has been commonplace for children to have such relatively expensive and powerful technology at such a young age. Admittedly, I do not have kids of my own yet but I feel that the nature of this shift in tech usage is entirely unprecedented and unstudied. Has anyone noticed any effects of this with your own or other children? What are these devices being used for (e.g., mostly games? mostly educational uses? videos?) on the whole? Also admittedly I am referring to US children but I'm sure this phenomenon is occurring elsewhere as well.