Is a nine years old too young for an IPod or MP3 player?

Ipod for music - This is a picture of a white ipod just like the one my daughter has.
@devideddi (1436)
United States
August 17, 2009 5:14pm CST
My daughter got a real nice Ipod for her birthday form her grandparents. Her uncle was nice enough to load it with music. But it wasn't long before I noticed some of the songs just were not suitable for a nine year old. I had to remove a few songs. Now when she wants new songs added she makes a list and I listen to them first. Now for the most part I don't mind but some of today's music is....well lets just say not my type. And besides all that the ipod has many features she does not know how to use and wouldn't use even if she knew how. I just see to it she takes care of it and who knows maybe when the newness wears off I'll use it some. :)
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I don't think that that age is too young, but I would definitely have some rules in place. In my house my daughter (who's 8) isn't allowed to leave the house with it.. If she leaves, I want her to be aware of what's going on around her in case of danger. Also she isn't allowed to wear it to bed at night, or have it turned up so loud that she cannot hear me call for her from downstairs.
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@GardenGerty (102516)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Zoey is exactly right. There is a physical safety issue as well. Have you noticed that even back packs and jackets have "media pockets" and even some workout gear as well? I think that nine is too young to take it to school.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I wear mine when I go out to walk from my house to the convenience store. It's usually cranked up pretty loud and people look at me funny because I am always shifting my gaze watching every thing around me. My mother bought me a media type back pack when I was in junior high. Ironically I never used the media system!
• United States
19 Aug 09
no i don't think they are i would say they are to young to have a cell phone but ipods no there is way you can take the songs of the ipod you can do that but no its not to young for an nine year old to have one its like when i was nine or ten i got a tape player its the same as that but in ipod is better. I she have the one that play videos she can get lil cartoons on it like drgon tells, stuff one diney and psb for free they are podcast you can look the up on the apple stor thing in itounes.
• Cambodia
19 Aug 09
Yeah yeah,that isn't old enough 4 the Ipod yet,but anyway u can just help her figure out how 2 use it and control the contents 4 her,let's make it the easy way !
• United Kingdom
18 Aug 09
I don't have children myself but I don't think the age matters really when it comes to purchasing a new ipod. This can be looked upon as a good learning experience for the child! The earlier a child gets to grips with technology the better I think, it can only benefit them as they grow up and go through their teenage years. There's nothing wrong with you using it either, these are fun things to have, I love technology myself unfortunately I don't have one of those though! Andrew
• United States
18 Aug 09
First I believe nine is a little to young for a devices that cost so much. If she was maybe 13 then that would be ok for what is on the iPod that is your right as a parent to control what she is hearing. If she gives you any remarks then say when she no longer lives under your roof then it is your rules but you don't want to pull the rules so hard that it pushies her out.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I think that it really just depends on the parents. Your being careful and making sure the music is suitable, so I don't think that it's anything too bad. Make sure they don't turn the volume on the ipod up too high, and if there's any features that allow her to access the internet... well I don't know that much about an IPOD.
@mequan (141)
• United States
18 Aug 09
No she is not to young.If your daughter is responsible and was good and deserved it then why not give it to her. I mean she may be devoted to music and really like to listen to it so that is not really bad.
• United States
18 Aug 09
She is not too young as long as she is willing to take care of it. As far as choosing her music, I have a related story. My neices and nephew asked for me to add music to theirs and I did but now before I removed every song that dropped the F bomb or explicitly talked about intamate things. They caught me and threw a fit. I told them that as long as I was their source for music to get over it because I was the adult in the situation. They stopped fussing because aside from a parent that rarely shows up I am the only person they know that will add music for them. You are only doing what is responsible. Children will listen to the music they want to when they are with their friends, but that does not mean you have to provide it for them.
17 Aug 09
Not young at all! i Did not get my first ipod till i was 15 and I'm 15 right now! And it was bad for me because i really had to catch up to the music i really like. its really good for young kids to have something they can enjoy, music is important for kids. music is a way to life to people and some people live for music. So i don't think she's not too young at all. You never know you might have shaped her to be a famous artist one day. And beside won day your daughter is going to listen to something your not going to like at a point in her life. you just have to let her listen what she wants because music is a powerful thing.
• India
17 Aug 09
When technology offers us things for a more enjoyable life, i guess it is really hard to stop it. But going through your post i think you are doing a pretty good job of overseeing the kind of music she listens. Kids learn fast at that age, so using creative rules for her will be the best bet. Last but not the least, it is advisable to check the number of hours she uses her ipod cos it may ruin her ears in the long run if used for long hours daily.
@GardenGerty (102516)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I think it is very suitable, and much better than a personal cd player. Kids want to listen to "their" music. It is also much better to have than a cell phone at nine years old. You are wise to limit the music, although she will probably hear similar things from other kids at school. She will know that you raised her with standards.