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Gadgets and children.

In this day and age, technology is all around us. It's almost impossible not to get sucked in to buy the latest gadgets and tech. And even more so, our children see adverts on television bragging about the best toys. Now, whilst part of me is ashamed to say, another part of me is happy that we gave my son a tablet computer. He is 5 in September, so he's not exactly a baby, but I feel he is now a statistic. Now, let me clarify, he isn't on it all of the time, he's sat playing with Lego as I type this, and the applications are strictly child friendly, so we've ensured his safety. But I do feel bad, when parents complain about their children not having gadgets. It paints me with a bad brush. So, what are your views on giving children gadgets?

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cmoneyspinner wrote on June 19, 2015, 12:00 PM

You're doing the right thing. If you can afford the gadgets, give it to them if it's good for them. Don't ever feel bad about doing good for your children just because others can't afford to do the same. Count your blessings. Those who can't do the same as you should count their blessings too! Sure! Our quality of life is not measured by the abundance of things we possess. But that doesn't mean we can't have possessions.

P.S. You bought your kid a tablet not a gun! You're monitoring the kid's usage to keep them safe. That's called good parenting.

peachpurple wrote on June 19, 2015, 12:01 PM

I agree that gadgets are easily obtained by young toddlers. I was grocery shopping yesterday and saw a dad playing with his smartphone, a mom playing a tablet, a young toddler age two playing smartphone

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 19, 2015, 4:00 PM

At that age I would just share mine as they do need to start learning to use them anymore. But I just cannot see the expense for one of their own until they are older and more responsible to take care of it

DWDavisRSL wrote on June 19, 2015, 7:39 PM

Gadgets, when used by the child with proper parental supervision or no better or worse than other toys. In today's digital world, children must be technologically literate if they are to succeed.

DWDavisRSL wrote on June 19, 2015, 7:40 PM

P.S. I still think LEGOS are the best toy you can give any kid. I had them growing up and both my boys did, too. Now one is an aerospace engineer and the other is studying tissue regeneration.