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Total number of votes: 7
Depends on what platform the apps I want to run. Our experience with devices has been if it last six months, breakage due to childs age becomes a non-issue. Also, I would not give my 7 year old a tablet because it makes it much harder to limit use. I do not want my 7 year old always watching TV, using a gameboy etc.
I would consider this around 10-12 years old, and for 2012 it would be an iPad (because of apps) and 2013-> likely a Galaxy (or other Android device).
Eric von Stackelberg February 29, 2012 - 9:26am
My 6 year old has Developmental Coordination Disorder and we use a Samsung Galaxy to afford him some freedom with printing practice (typing practice). There are strict rules around usage as well as the apps. We also have a limit on time. Regardless myself or my husband are always present when it is in use to monitor the activities.
Yes parental controls are an issue but there are some.
I believe like any tool proper monitoring and consequences is key to proper usage.
Karyn Mart March 13, 2012 - 12:50pm
The iPad gives the most immediate as well as long-term benefits as it:
I have both iPad and Android (eee) tablets. Much as I try to love the Android as it accords better with my desire for flexibility and diversity, it is not even close to the iPad in terms of friendliness and usability. Superficially similar but in another much lower league, despite superior hardware specs.
Might be worth waiting for the new OLPC tablet, if it ever becomes possible to get your hands on one: incredibly cheap, innovative and child-proof, though still an Android device with very low specs. See http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/01/olpc-tablet-finally-arrives/
Jon Dron March 13, 2012 - 5:12pm
I will agree with Eric - those devices typically are a distraction for kids. single-purpose tools. Our experience is that given the device that can do "many things" distracts child at that age and doesn't let them concentrate on one thing since [s]he knows - there are toys and other things available on that same device.
Dmitry Makovey April 3, 2012 - 3:27pm
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