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guiltynetter Tue 09-Dec-14 07:33:52

a tablet?

this isn't exactly a TAAT but i was reminded of it. when I asked a friend the other day what she was getting her 11 month old (1 in January) for Christmas she replied 'a tablet so he can play games on it, he loves playing on mine'

AIBU to think this is just sad? all of the wonderful toys he could play with at 1...train sets, mega blocks, etc etc and he's getting basically a computer! I keep looking at toys and being disappointed my daughter is too young to play with them (she's 4 months) it's none of my business but after being around my niece who from the age of 4 wouldn't play with 'toys' only an iPad, compared to my other niece who has a brilliant imagination and plays for hours with dolls and ponies. I think it's rubbish.

maybe I'm old fashioned...

ILoveSimonCowell Tue 09-Dec-14 07:39:55

You are not old-fashioned. It's very sad (and IMO stupid) to get an iPad for an 11 month old.

MonstersIncq Tue 09-Dec-14 07:40:13

You'll get flamed for this and called a snob. But I couldn't agree more. Yes bla bla this is the modern way, get with the times, computer skills are essential nowadays. But it is just so grim. I know children who barely speak they are so screen dependant. I don't personally
Let my children use an iPad. I don't think it's unreasonable to allow them to play on yours a little bit (i do appreciate not everyone feels
The same about screens as I do) but how much must they be on it to need one of their own!!

Timeforabiscuit Tue 09-Dec-14 07:40:27

I don't know - we have a mix of tech and tradition in this house, as for a pad for a one year old why not?

At that age it is barely more than a square that provides pretty lights and sounds (rather than traditional plastic squawk).

There seems to be a whole spectrum of play movements at the moment - I did raise an eyebrow when dds nursery slung all their (perfectly good) plastic toys in favour of a mud kitchen, pebbles and wooden blocks - they still kept a small DVD player for mid afternoon though grin

FunkyBoldRibena Tue 09-Dec-14 07:41:19

Yes open access to porn and some nice early grooming. How wonderful.

Kids get enough computers these days - what they need to stimulate their development is anything but.

soverylucky Tue 09-Dec-14 07:47:51

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bakingtins Tue 09-Dec-14 07:53:46

I'm with you op but I think ribena is being hysterical - any tablet for a one yr old is unlikely to have open internet access.
My older children (8&4) have restricted access to a family iPad but I wouldn't let them have their own tablet, DS etc because they would never be off the thing, to the detriment of reading, lego, playmobil, drawing, imaginative play etc. baby DD has no need of it whatsoever.

cantmakecarrotcake Tue 09-Dec-14 08:03:23

DD (3) had a Hudl for her last birthday. She has restricted access to only the apps we have downloaded for her and doesn't have free access to the tablet itself (high shelf and she can't work the switch).

I'd say she uses it once a week (out of sight...) but it's very useful for number/letter games and for accompanying me to antenatal appointments.

But YANBU, I think 1 is too young and there are far more important physical/motor development skills for a 1yo to learn.

shellbyville Tue 09-Dec-14 08:04:34

I'm with you OP. My DS is 3 and BOTH sets of grandparents have got him a tablet for Christmas. We've got one that he uses, but it's "daddy's" tablet, but these will be his so much harder to restrict, I'm imagining. I'm hoping to hide them when he gets distracted by all his other presents, and conveniently forgets he's even got them for a while!

Littleturkish Tue 09-Dec-14 08:06:45

YANBU is this part of what makes our children grow up too soon?

I loved playing with barbies, puppies in my pocket and dolls- for far longer than was probably expected, too!

I also worry about the strain on eyes.

Littlef00t Tue 09-Dec-14 08:12:44

I may sound hysterical, but research shows too much screen time, esp for under 2s enlarges a part of the brain that responds to the colours and stimulus, basically making the brain require more input to be happy. It has been shown to lead to ADHD as the child's brain becomes wired to need more stimulus so standard school lessons etc don't cut it.

Littlef00t Tue 09-Dec-14 08:14:35

Actually, just googled and seems research may be outdated now. But still think it's sad child not being encouraged in creative play.

LikeTheShoes Tue 09-Dec-14 08:15:56

ribena how exactly does one groom a 1 year old?

GothMummy Tue 09-Dec-14 08:19:48

I think its sad. I would get him a teddy bear!

LST Tue 09-Dec-14 08:20:51

That's ridiculous. We got my 3 yo a leappad xdi thingy majig but for my 11 mo no way! He's got a grand total of 5 presents.. wooden blocks, wooden cars that you string together, a plastic box to put the shapes in the holes effort, a pop up wooden toy and a knitted fox a colleague makes. He'll have more fun playing with the paper and my 3yo hoard!

MiaowTheCat Tue 09-Dec-14 08:24:55

If I can find a decent deal in the sales I'm going to pick up a second tablet for my 1 and 2 year old. They use mine on occasions (waiting room at the doctors usually) and I'd quite like mine not to be constantly pinched to be honest - plus I regularly do a 3 hour drive with the kids solo and having it to put films on for in the car would be handy too.

Not as if they're lacking for stuff for creative and imaginative play in this house either though - although destroying the sofa cushions is the usual game of choice still.

LadyLuck10 Tue 09-Dec-14 08:27:04

Yanbu it is so sad. What's worse is those people who get sucked in and spout the 'it's good for stimulation' nonsense.

Mousefinkle Tue 09-Dec-14 08:31:18

Yanbu. Using a parents occasionally, whatever. It's similar to watching the odd TV programme IMO but actually buying them their own? What a waste of money.

I dont really 'get' tablets anyway, sort of a middle ground between phones and laptops and some people have both of those but still see the need for a tablet as well. Just confuses me.

U2TheEdge Tue 09-Dec-14 08:43:38


An iPad for a one year old is crazy! I am a huge geek, I love my technology and my children love theirs too. We have a whole range of tablets/computers between us. But at 1 years old??? that's just ridiculous. They can't really appreciate it and very unlikely they will really look after it.

IPads etc are big ticket items for mine, a present to get when they are a bit older and actually ask for one. Like my teens for example, who aren't really into clothes and too old for toys.

guiltynetter Tue 09-Dec-14 09:04:26

so glad it's not just me. smile

Wolfbasher Tue 09-Dec-14 09:06:31

I wouldn't give a tablet to my 7yo, let alone a 1yo. I think screen time is something that needs to be controlled. A child who has unrestricted screen time from birth is going to find it hard to break the habit as they get older.

munchkinmaster Tue 09-Dec-14 09:11:29

But why does a toddler need their own I pad. My year old has a couple of apps bought for a plane journey and a toothbrushing one which has been is helpful but she no more needs her own tablet than her own tv for cbeebies or her own microwave.

Miggsie Tue 09-Dec-14 09:13:34

Very bad for eye development - and the restriction to the motor function in arms and fingers.
A young child needs to exercise their developing nervous system not sit with a tablet!

My DD is 11 and has no phone or tablet. Developmentally she seems to be doing fine.

Micksy Tue 09-Dec-14 09:13:56

I think it very much depends on whether they at playing on it alone, or with an adult. If you're sharing an app that makes animal sounds, how is this any different to sharing a book that makes animal sounds? If you're leaving them watching sponge Bob tied to a chair for five hours, clearly this is not quite so good.

EbwyIsUpTheDuff Tue 09-Dec-14 09:18:03

my 4 year old has been playing games on mine for a while, invaluable for time waiting at hospitals or dentists etc... but not an every day thing. He's getting his own (children's) tablet this year, but even then it'll be restricted. my 2 year old MAY be allowed to use it on a rare occasion, but I don't see the need to let a 1 year old use it.

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