At the very beginning of my working adult life, I was a sales rep for a cell phone company. This was way back, pre-smart phone days. Phones were mobile, texting took longer than talking ( hit the "4" twice for an "H", three times for an "I") and they were mainly for the driving age teen and up. You remember! That was only 15 or so years ago!
Now, smart phones are mini computers and it seems that everyone old enough to talk, has one. I was the weird mom that figured that as long as I was still going everywhere my daughter went, there was no use in spending money on this extravagance, no matter how many of her friends had them. When she was old enough to be left at softball practice or go to birthday parties or sleepovers unaccompanied, we gave in and hooked her up. She was properly appreciative and is a responsible technology user. Teens like my daughter were sort of introduced to the tech world slowly. Toddlers like my son have been exposed since birth!
This kid knew how to swipe the power on on his dad's I-Phone before he was ONE! Now at 3 and a half he has games on every phone in our household and can somehow manage to get on YouTube if we don't watch him. This is the new age and I am trying to be OK with it.
Recently , I saw a promotion on Amazon for Fire Kids Edition Tablet 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case, for Kids for $79.99 ( At last check it is $99.99) . I wasn't really looking for some sort of kiddie tech toy, it just jumped out at me. I thought, "It will keep him off our phones and make sure he only has access to what we want him to have." So I read the reviews, thought about it, read reviews again and thought "Let's try it"! What sealed the deal for me? Two things; price and no questions asked 2 year warranty!I have Amazon Prime so it was delivered in 2 days, free shipping! The tablet was very easy to set up right out of the box, which is pretty great since I don't like reading directions. My particular package came with a free 1 year subscription to Free Time (SWEET!) and picking out age appropriate games and books was a breeze. Set up might have taken 30 minutes, tops, then I just charged it completely. By the time I picked up BG after work, he was ready to start playing Star Wars Rebels and watching Mickey Mouse Club House Appisodes!
Am I all for parking my kid in front of the TV or device for hours on end? NO! Am I for giving them something quiet to do in the car or anytime they need to wait quietly somewhere? Yes! Am I for maybe using the use of the device as a reward for good behavior and the loss of privileges for bad behavior? ABSOLUTELY! Little Man has had his Kindle for almost a month now and still loves it. I can add new books or games when he gets tired of the ones he already has so he doesn't get bored. I feel a little less guilty because he is actually learning from most of the content and if you want, there are parental controls to specify goals and time limits. WIN, WIN!
The world we live in is increasingly digital, so why not give your little techie a head start if the price is right?
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