My mum wants to get my DC (ages 9 1/2 and 11) a laptop each for christmas, my first reaction was 'oh my god no, they are too young' and then I was watching them playing on club penguin on my PC earlier and thought aibu? They would have to keep them in my office (really accessible place, with people walking past frequently) and not in their bedrooms. What do you think??
Er, you're not thinking clearly are you? What about the fact that you will never have to say, 'got to log off now, lo's need the PC for homework!'
But seriously, it does make sense once they are at secondary school. DD does a lot of her work on the PC and a lot of schools have programmes where they have to do their homwork on a PC and the teachers check from their end, that they've done it.
DS1 has one for games - doesn't really need it for work yet although he does play educational games on it as well as those purely for entertainment. He is 8yrs.
It is very strictly rationed though (weekends only or maybe half an hour one week night if I want to MN make tea) and it lives in the lounge so that I can keep an eye on him. We got it second hand so not a huge outlay.
I wouldn't let me have them in their bedrooms either.
don't forget they get around 1,500 times the electro magnetic radiation from a laptop as with a desktop, because their hands are directly over the main part of the computer... so if they get a laptop and use it a lot you could invest in a stand and separate keyboard
Thanks for all your responses - I am coming around to the idea, esp as someone else is paying... I know they will 'need it for homework' but still think it's awful young, or maybe I'm just a little amish!! Merry Christmas