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2011/03/13 19:21:39 (permalink)

Is 9yrs old too young for laptop?

My little girl has her holy communion soon and wants a laptop for her present. The missus aint sure, but i think that 9 years old is too young and instead lean towards maybe an IPAD, as all its for is surfing the net.
I can see her just deleting wrong files and messing it up, the IPAD is move user friendly i think.
 
Or am i just being old and behind the times.
 
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:23:22 (permalink)
    I dont get the differentiation from a laptop for a 9 year old and an ipad??

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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:30:33 (permalink)
    As above, but I also don't think kids should be having their own computers aged 9. You must have a family/communal one she can use, or just let her use yours when you're not using it. 
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:31:01 (permalink)
    No matter what..in the future everything will be Pc based..get her the laptop/ netbook..but make the obvious Parental controls first.
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:32:18 (permalink)
    Go for the ipad , give it a few years and school kids will not be using pen/paper anymore
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:33:16 (permalink)
    Im pretty sure the physical act or knowing how to write is going to be around forever.
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:34:48 (permalink)
    cu3ed

    Im pretty sure the physical act or knowing how to write is going to be around forever.


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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:39:13 (permalink)
    I think they're BOTH way OTT for a 9 year old but then I am old fashioned when it comes to things like this
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:42:42 (permalink)
    I think a laptop will be good for a 9 year old, she will be able to find her way around a computer better, therefore at school giving her a headstart

    I would get her one, but if connected to internet set a bar on certain websites 
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:46:17 (permalink)
    IMO you are never to young for a laptop. The earlier they get started the better.
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 19:47:08 (permalink)
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    As above, but I also don't think kids should be having their own computers aged 9. You must have a family/communal one she can use, or just let her use yours when you're not using it. 


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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:02:32 (permalink)
    Yes addictive but at 9 years old it is parents responsibility to monitor there usage and not allow them to much time on them
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:03:52 (permalink)
    If it were my nine year old, there would be no holy communion and no computer. My dad bought me a computer when I was about nine but a syntax error was about as dangerous as things got in those days.

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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:04:55 (permalink)
    I think the whole socail landscape has jsut chnaged in such a rapid way that its to be accepted that things like Facebook, Twitter etc are just part of it now..in fact not having them would be seen as a bit odd now.

    As said..its very easy to limit time/ content they can be used for if you set them up right.

    Also a house rule to only use it in a room where you are etc if you want.
    post edited by cu3ed - 2011/03/13 20:06:25
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:09:38 (permalink)
    I'd say its too young IMO, but then my parents wouldnt get my a mobile phone until I was 13 lol

    But, if anything, Id be more inclined to get a netbook, if anything
    post edited by markfj - 2011/03/13 20:23:37
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:15:20 (permalink)
    i didnt get a mobile til i was 13 either and had to use the family computer til i went to uni and got my own computer

    what does a 9 year old need the internet for? :P

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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:22:27 (permalink)
    i agree with mark, a netbook would be the best bet. great for surfing the net especially good for her as the smaller keyboard will suit her small hands. i would say tho that obviously only let her use it when you are there and employ parental controls and id think about not letting her use chat applications too
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:24:24 (permalink)
    kaldog

    i didnt get a mobile til i was 13 either and had to use the family computer til i went to uni and got my own computer

    what does a 9 year old need the internet for? :P


    its almost like you shared my parents lol
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:27:38 (permalink)
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    kaldog

    i didnt get a mobile til i was 13 either and had to use the family computer til i went to uni and got my own computer

    what does a 9 year old need the internet for? :P


    its almost like you shared my parents lol


    Unless you are below the age of 18 you cant compare what happened when you were young to now. In 5 years time it will be "which 9 year old hasn't got his own laptop" as a learning tool computers are second to none.
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    Re:Is 9yrs old too young for laptop? 2011/03/13 20:48:36 (permalink)
    Hmm, our kids are going to hate us .. I think 9 years old is waaay too young to have their own laptop

    Use a family laptop by all means, under supervision but I just feel kids have way too much these days, their own mobiles etc .. drives me mad.

    And though she be but little, she is fierce..
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