How young is too young for a laptop? I don’t mean the cutesy children’s laptops that are toys but an actual laptop that is functional to use for games and typing but not loaded with programs and applications like a business laptop.
While I admire my mom friends that are going tv free this summer (another one just announced it on Facebook, they’re dropping like flies!) and who don’t allow or encourage their children to play computer or video games, this isn’t our family dynamic. Elijah, almost 7, loves his computer time. I am considering selling our computer desk, though, since our kids are the only ones that use the desktop computer and it takes up space that could be better used. I wonder if a basic student laptop wouldn’t work just as well for games and typing time (I play our own version of an alphabet game with Nevaeh where she finds the letters on the keyboard and loves seeing them on the Word doc on the screen when she’s right)
My husband and I both have laptops, so the idea of having one more in the house sounds pretty ridiculous to me (yet a desktop as well doesn’t? Um…) Another option, I suppose, would be giving up one of our laptops to the kids and getting a tablet pc for one of us – but which one would get the pretty new toy? I’m also not sure that a tablet pc would be as useful as a laptop – obviously I need to do my research. From those that have them, I’ve heard they love them. If you have one (iPad, Blackberry Playbook or other) do you love it? Was it a worthwhile purchase?