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To think that 10 years old is too young to have your own ipad?

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ilikeyoursleeves Fri 12-Aug-11 19:53:12

A friend has just bought her 10 year old son an ipad 2 to play games on. Is this the norm for kids that age to have ipads or am I just getting old?

worraliberty Fri 12-Aug-11 19:54:17

It's entirely her business

There is no 'particular' age for anything like that. It depends on the family and the child concerned.

cyb Fri 12-Aug-11 19:55:55

I think it completely oTT but I like my children playing with hoop n' sticks so I know nothing

catgirl1976 Fri 12-Aug-11 19:56:08

Am a bit jealous as I want one, but I think it seems reasonable if he will use it and she can afford it. I would be worried about a 10 year losing it but I guess she knows if he is responsible enough or not.

AgentZigzag Fri 12-Aug-11 19:57:18

The price for me would be a deciding factor, I've just googled it and they're about £300 (without searching for a deal) shock that would be enough to put me off, unless your friend is loaded.

But then Nintendo DSs are £100 odd, laptops £200, Wii £100 again, so if they have regular access to them, then why would an Ipad be any different?

usualsuspect Fri 12-Aug-11 19:57:28

Its up to her what she buys her kids ,I don't think its totally outrageous tbh

orienteerer Fri 12-Aug-11 19:58:01

YANBU

plupervert Fri 12-Aug-11 19:58:04

WE have some educational games for DS on an Android tablet, but it is certainly not his - he's 3!

AgentZigzag Fri 12-Aug-11 19:58:48

They kind of put my excitement at getting a space hopper to shame really cyb grin

AgentZigzag Fri 12-Aug-11 19:59:52

...getting a space hopper when I was a young 'un, that read like I was really geared up about one I got the other day grin

catgirl1976 Fri 12-Aug-11 20:00:39

I thought you were agentzigzag and i was really envy because it sounded like so much fun! I want one now!

worraliberty Fri 12-Aug-11 20:02:08

The Park Rangers brought double space hoppers to the park the other day...some were attached side by side, and some were attached on in front of the other.

I've never had so much fun grin

AgentZigzag Fri 12-Aug-11 20:04:59

hehe we got DD1 one a few years ago, I never knew I was so unfit! grin

I'm being reminded again by drunkenly bouncing on their new trampoline grin

catgirl1976 Fri 12-Aug-11 20:05:43

My BF had a bouncy castle at her last party. (no kids smile ) It was AMAZING - the most fun I have had in ages - totally reccomend it! grin

BikingViking Fri 12-Aug-11 20:10:43

Was about to agree that I'm also envy at the iPad - until I read about the space hopper...

catgirl1976 Fri 12-Aug-11 20:11:15

I think of the two I'm leaning towards the space hopper smile

NettoSuperstar Fri 12-Aug-11 20:14:42

I might have said the same a few years ago, but I also said Dd would not have a phone before high school age.
She has a phone, and is gettin.g a laptop.
I bought myself a Samsung Galaxy and I'd get Dd one if I could.
She's 10 in two weeks.

bubblesincoffee Fri 12-Aug-11 20:18:22

Mine had/will have an ipod touch by that age. I don't see the harm.

If we had the money I'd have one for each of us!

InfestationofLannisters Fri 12-Aug-11 20:28:42

I had a ZX81 "computer" at that age.

It was shit and did fuck all unless you stayed up all night programming BASIC commands into it. And it wouldn't even save them because the memory capacity was a whole 1 K

shock

It didn't teach me anything about IT and actually put me off for years.

My son has learned to use my a computer during this summer holiday. He is four and has autism. He can click, drag and drop, use the arrow keys and the space bar and it has been a godsend. Previously he has used touch screens so this is a real breakthrough for him. He likes the impersonal aspect of it I think. It calms him.

AgentZigzag Fri 12-Aug-11 20:36:01

My brother had a ZX81 as well infestation, how we would have laughed if we could have seen what PCs do now.

<<deadpan>>

<<ears bleeding at the memory of the squeal of loading a game>>

InfestationofLannisters Fri 12-Aug-11 20:41:25

Oh the ZX81 "games" were great fun hmm

I had quite forgotten the squeal <winces>

nancy75 Fri 12-Aug-11 20:41:30

dd has an ipad and a space hopper!

TrillianAstra Fri 12-Aug-11 20:44:25

It's expensive but the thing in itself is not unsuitable for a 10 year old, not at all.

BabyDubsEverywhere Fri 12-Aug-11 20:55:03

My ds will be getting one of the andriod tablets next month for his birthday, he will be 4, he will love it and use it to death. He also has a space hopper. grin

AgentZigzag Fri 12-Aug-11 20:58:55

And have you both made a twat of yourselves having a bounce on them nancy and BabyDubs?

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