Ipod = responsibility

United States
April 12, 2011 10:23am CST
My 8yo decided because all the kids on the bus have an Ipod she NEEDS one! Well that's just fine and dandy. But the school doesn't even want them to bring toys from home or even equipment to play with at recess. Now I'm to trust that this $100 gadget would be safe at school? I've got big doubts. I've also explained to her about her Justin Bieber cd she got for Christmas how she can't find that (and I'm sure it's scratched to death) and I should trust her with such a small expensive gadget to take to school no less? And knowing there's a thief in her class (& whom ever else in school) this year again. Plus the fact that she's not responsible for doing things like putting her dirty plate in the sink, picking up her dirty laundry, keeping her room decent consistantly, and of course doing her school work with out a fuss. Though she's better at doing her homework now but I think she understands it better now as well. Eitheway do you wonderful myLotters agree that 8 is too young for an Ipod? Especially if the child is not responsible with her things or other people things?
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@kaka135 (13935)
• Malaysia
12 Apr 11
To me, 8 years old is too young for an Ipod. Perhaps I'm too old fashioned, sometimes when I see a young kid holding an mobile phone, and playing with the games or sending sms, I just don't think it's good to do so. I do not encourage young kids play too much with gadgets, and I think it's better for them to go out and have more activities physically. Listening to music at home or in the car is fine, but having Ipod to listen to music all the time outside means you will miss some chances to communicate with others. Also, using earphones doesn't seem to be good for the ears. But, if all the friends are having and using Ipods, I suppose it's difficult to persuade the little one not to buy one.
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• United States
12 Apr 11
Exactly, too young for such a pricy gadget. I know they are not allowed to really socialize on the bus and even have assigned seating after an incident this fall. Why not glue your face to the window and observe the world as it goes by right? Read a book, provided she doesn't leave it on the bus as we've done that a few times.
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• Philippines
12 Apr 11
I agree with you. 8yo is very young to trust with an iPod. I have a 10yo and I don't want her to bring her electronic gadgets to school. I feel she is not responsible enough to take care of her things. Moreover, she can't avoid allowing her classmates to borrow her stuff. What if they take it home and never return it? I just explain to her the pros and the cons and I think she understands it.
• United States
13 Apr 11
That is another good point I don't need her borrowing something out either. I rather error on the side of caution than not... I can't afford to get "burned" on something so expensive.
• United States
12 Apr 11
Snuggle 8 years old is too young for an ipod. There are ipod shuffles for way cheaper but keep in mind that if you do give in to a I want item that you then are setting yourself up for I want each time. Children are so innocent and trust too often and unfortunately it will be missing in a blink of an eye. So I probably would explain why she cannot at this time have it and maybe after sometime that you do want to get it for her it is because you feel she should have something this way she knows that she was rewarded with something and not because she was asking for it.
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• United States
12 Apr 11
That would be another thought as she'd want more songs more this and that's more money. Hubby has a shuffle but she's not getting it, she thinks she should though. This is why I also felt since she liked JB & the Jonas brothers a inexpensive cd player for her room would be the better route at Christmas. Sure she can't take it on the bus BUT it's safe at home... well as safe as things get w/ my kids.
@ravinskye (8243)
• United States
12 Apr 11
I think it depends on the 8 year old. I have an 8 year old, 6 year old and 3 year old. They all 3 have the smaller ipod shuffle. The one my 3 year old has is a hand me down. I had it first then gave it to my 8 year old when she was like 6. Then she treated it good so for Christmas I got her one and gave her sister the one she had. Then seeing that she treated it okay this past christmas I got her a new one and the one she had got handed down to her brother. So they all 3 have one now. The shuffle's are only around $50. You also can buy refurbished ipods from apple's website. They sometimes don't take care of their stuff but they seem to be doing pretty well with their ipods. maybe start her off with a cheaper version and then if she does okay with it upgrade her for her birthday or christmas.
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• United States
12 Apr 11
If she could take care of her things or any of them and of course having the money to supply them in the first place perhaps. They don't respect their things enough IMO to deserve such a thing. I have to get a new keyboard on the pc every couple months because they pick off the keys! If they leave a glass of milk and it gets knocked they don't tell anyone or clean it up they leave it there for me to find.
@dragon54u (31556)
• United States
12 Apr 11
Yes, 8 is too young for an iPod. The time for an iPod is when the child can afford to buy it themselves--same with cell phones. (And don't give me that safety argument about the phone, there's always someone around with a cell phone!) Time on the bus used to mean socializing, laughing, telling jokes, discussing the serious issues of life like if a sleepover should be attended. Now we shut ourselves away with those damned iPods and text with our cells instead of actually talking to others. We'll be sorry, count on it. Don't let your daughter have an iPod, maybe she'll have a chance to be normal.
• Argentina
12 Apr 11
i TOTALLY agree with you my friend!.
• United States
15 Apr 11
Sadly they have to keep their socializing to a minimum on the bus. Partly because I told a bus monitor/teacher of the gesture my girls came home showing me in late fall... so assigned seats and talking is minimal.
@katsmeow1213 (29019)
• United States
12 Apr 11
I fully agree. We've been going round and round about giving the oldest a cellphone finally. Everyone else has one.. even kids younger than him have one. But I can't always trust him to do his chores.. he'll tell me they're done when they're not. He has broken everything he's ever gotten. He broke his PSP just days after getting it, broke his CD player days after getting it... and I'm to trust him with a cellphone? Now I realize some of the issue is the younger kids.. if they get their hands on something you can kiss it goodbye.. but shouldn't he be responsible enough not to let them get their hands on it?
• United States
15 Apr 11
I wouldn't let him get one either. Maybe when he's older and can get a job of his own to get one... like a cheap pre-paid. I can't imagine someone his age breaking things that quickly. And yes one must consider younger siblings fooling with it potentially too.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
1 Jul 11
It's amazing how younger and younger kids are getting and how much technological stuff they are allowed to have. Ten year olds with cellphones now! which well that's great, but I mean ten year olds with androids! It's just crazy if you ask me! I think that a child should be a certain age and have shown they can be responsible, but then again, you can usually trust your own kids it's others kids you're not sure about. I would say no, just because I couldn't trust other kids.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
15 Apr 11
I don't think I would get an Ipod at that age. I think there are some cheap look-alikes that might be ok, but I wouldn't get a $100 gadget! She should wait until she is a little older.
@Hatley (164772)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 11
hi 3SnuggleBunnies oh she is being childish as she is a child and I know you are right. so some kids get too much expensive crap for free that does not mean that its good for any child to have a hundred dollar ipod. my tablemate who is 70 just got 'one from her brother which says to me little kids who are still just little kids do not need ipods. in fact a lot of older peo ple who are always short on money wou ld be better off to buy the things they really need before tossing one hundred dollars bills arou ond for the newest ipod or any other expensive electronic toy, they do not need the expensive electronic toys but they do need to pay for gas food rent and utilities first. or am I just old fashioned?
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
13 Apr 11
8 year olds don't need any of that kind of stuff! My 10 year old GD has had a cell for some time...granted there are times she does need as with a divorce, the times she goes to her dad's is scary at times, as he doesn't really watch her or look out for her and the cell gives her help when she might need it or to call mom if she needs that, and she'll bring it here when I babysit so mom can call her...but I have noticed she texts her friends alot while here. I don't think that is necessary..call on the phone or just enjoy being with her grand parents! Kids this age don't need all that stuff..and most of the time it is just cause "everyone else has one!". When I pick her up from school, I watch the kids and so many of them have a cell to their ears already and they aren't off school grounds yet! I know some might be calling a working mom to say they are on their way home or something like that for "do you know where your child is?" kind of thing...but that'd be the only reason for them to take them to school. THe school doesn't allow them turned on, and always in back packs until school lets out. And if you have the "can't keep track of things" issue you mention...for sure...I wouldn't let her have one. I don't have a problem with music, but I think people these days have to much plugged into their ears andnot paying attention to life around them and that is sad. And to start it at age 8...I remember when I wanted a record player so bad when I was a teen...finally got one when I was in the 8th grade!
@fedeborgo (104)
• Argentina
12 Apr 11
the fact that everyone on the bus has an ipod doesnt mean she needs to have an ipod.. has a parent you need to put her limits and teach her how the things work if not you will have sirious troubles with her tomorrow.. its always better to have a normal problem today and not a BIG problem tomorrow ;) i hope this comment help you.