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At what age do you introduce your children to computers and other technology?

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When I was growing up all we had was TV (without even a remote) and transistor radios. Then my kids had Atari, Intellivision and the Commodore 64 and Walkmans. Anybody remember Pong? My grandkids had as young as 4 access to a PC and now have iPods, smart phones, laptops, XBox, Wii, PSP etc... When I was 8 I was happy with a Yo-Yo for Christmas, now my 8 year old grandaughter wants an iPad!!! Just curious about what other savvy tech people and deal finders think about this.
whammo posted Dec 08, 2010

Honestly, right away. I have grandkids so they're exposed to the tech at birth (so to speak) - cell phone pix showing the birth, etc. ;)

The level of exposure is what needs to be controlled along with responsibility. My 4yr old grandson doesn't need his own rocket launcher and his 7yr sister doesn't need access to "buy online."

Common sense - just like in the old days. :)

omegafemale (rep: 214k) posted Dec 08, 2010


Today's computers and iPods were yesterday's wall telephones and radios.

Things change and technology advances (or say they so). Young kids will be around it all the time. Moms will hold babies while chatting online; kids will play on Xbox Kinnect instead of going to the park. There's not really a set age to allow anything. Of course, kids shouldn't bring a PSP to church just like they shouldn't have brought a yo yo.

I say everything in moderation and keep track of age appropriate material for all of it.

By the way, you may think that iPad is expensive but keep in mind... the average annual salary in 1940's was around $1300. If you factor in inflation, that yo yo just may have cost more.

MHT962 (rep: 3.3k) posted Dec 08, 2010


I agree with them, do it as soon as possible, but set restrictions. Such as block certain websites. Specially if they're as young as eight.

xkylexd00d (new user) posted Dec 09, 2010


Tech is the future, if they aren't familiar with it unfortunately they will quickly fall behind in school, work, and their future.

TechnologyCerts (rep: 1) posted May 10, 2011