Will you buy an iPad to your children?

ipad - many people are crazy about ipad.
@youless (87497)
Guangzhou, China
January 16, 2012 1:01am CST
It is no doubt that iPad is a good thing. However, it is more like a game tool in my opinion. Most people use it to play the games. And it is very easy to be addicted to playing the games. So I don't suggest to buy it for the children. It is still better for the children to read the normal books. And it is also important for the children to have more outdoor activities rather than staying at home to play iPad. What do you think?
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@andy77e (5170)
• United States
19 Jan 12
Children? You mean the little people that break everything you give to them, you are asking if I'd give them a $500 computer thingy? Um... no? Not a chance? Not until they are 18 and have a job?
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Jan 12
But here it seems many parents tend to buy it for their children.
@andy77e (5170)
• United States
22 Jan 12
Yes. Is that smart? I think the best thing you can teach a child is that life isn't free and fair. Failing to pass on that lesson, makes kids angry and spoiled later in life. I had to work for what I wanted growing up, and that's why I work for what I have today, instead of complaining about what other people have.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
18 Jan 12
hi youless! i agree with you that it is better for a child to read normal books and to have outdoor activities and that is why i am not also for buying iPad for children. as you already know, i don't have children of my own however my friends and relatives have bought their children iPads for christmas and birthdays. And now they are complaining on how their children got addicted to the games in their iPads. i think that children lead unhealthy lives nowadays because of the gadgets that they have in their generation. it is the parents or elders responsibility to discipline and teach them balance in their lives. they could have their ipads but they should also learn the normal ways of life. they should learn how to limit their time in ipads or other gadgets and spend some time to with families and outdoor living. it is sad when parents just give all their children wants without teaching them the responsibility of what they have acquired or what was given to them. Just a personal thought and not an expert opinion. have a nice day dear friend! lovelots, faith210
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Jan 12
I think it is not very right to blame the children to be addicted to iPad, as adults also like playing it so much.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
18 Jan 12
with that i agree with you!
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@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
16 Jan 12
I agree with you, youless! I don't want my children to grow up being addicted to games, which usually result to poor social skills and obesity. I want a healthy child, with an active life and good social life. I would buy myself an ipad though. It's okay for grown ups because grown ups can control themselves and may be able to find better use for it rather than children who would use it mostly for the games and not much else. I see many children addicted to online games and video games. My friends from high school quit college because of this addiction. They are either too fat or too skinny, unattractive and rather childish. I don't want this to happen to children of the next generation. I would go as far as having video games banned for this purpose.
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@Aja103654 (5663)
• Philippines
16 Jan 12
so, in short, No. I won't buy an ipad for my future kids.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
I hope your child will not play more of your iPad
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@bounce58 (17527)
• Canada
19 Jan 12
I bought an iPad when it first came out. Although initially I figured it out to be another computer in the house, you're right that it has become more of a game console in our house. I still do use it as an e-reader, but my kids have loaded it up with a lot of games, that it's gets hard for me to get my turn on it. Luckily, they've moved on to the iPod Touch now.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Jan 12
It must be very expensive when you bought the iPad. Now iPhone 4S is released in China and there are quite a lot of people want to buy it.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
16 Jan 12
Yes. i really do agree with you that the ipad is a game tool. My parents just bought an iPad for both me and my brother as a present last christmas. Since then, my brother just have another gaming tool, in addition to his PSP, xbox, kinect etc. Now more than ever, he spends even much more time on games. Even when he is in school You are right, it is ever more impt for children to have some outdoor activities and not stay at home the whole day and just look at the screen. I think kids nowadays are really spending far too much time on all these gaming stuff.
@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
Your brother really has lots of game tools. You can tell him that I envy him so much
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• Philippines
16 Jan 12
I think it depends on the age of the child. She should be at the age where she knows the word discipline already. These gadgets are both useful and not, but it depends on the user. When this is given to children less that 15 years old, they might get destructed from their studies. They should also be guided by their parents.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
Perhaps the colleague students will be fine to use it?
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@angelako (280)
• Italy
16 Jan 12
I will not buy ipad for my children because they mioght abuse it.instead of using it to learn somehting useful in their class the tendency they will used it by just playing games.when they play they cannot focus on study and playing will be the main fucos on their mind.New technology is good but mostly when its over used it will just a hindrance to learning of our little children.
@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
I think so.
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• Philippines
16 Jan 12
Nope. I'm not gonna buy an iPad to my children. Nowadays, Children are addicted to online games. I want my child to go out and play with other kinds rather than to play on an iPad. And also an iPad is very much so expensive for a child.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
Yes, it is also bad for the eyesight.
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@arjunm (439)
• India
16 Jan 12
Absolutely yes or not. because life become more and more luxurious day by day. and as a would be father i think i pad can affect the child mentality. but the basic need of age we do our level best for our children.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
I think iPad is not good for young children.
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@viju0410 (2286)
• India
16 Jan 12
Hi, it is too expensive and for my children i don't think so it is important now as they are already busy with either mobile, computer games or cartoon channels and thank god, they do play a while in the ground. Plus they have a lot to do as projects, homework of school work and I want them to spend quality time with us. At this circumstances i will not give them ipad or iphone...
@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
Good decision
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@zralte (4186)
• India
16 Jan 12
For children??? Good Lord, NO!! It is way too costly for children, in my opinion. I can't afford one for myself. My father-in-law has one and so has my brother-in-law, but that is because they need it for their business; not for playing games. When they go to meet their customers, it is easier to show them pictures and documents on the iPad rather than take the hard copy with them. And if there are some information, they can get something from the internet. Very useful for them and worth the money to them. For me, it is useless as I probably would end up using it to play games, seeing as I don't have much use other than that. I don't know what will happen in the next few years, that is, if the price comes down drastically and my children gets a little older, I may consider buying for them. As of now, whichever way they are going to use it, it is beyond our reach.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
Believe it or not, it seems many parents buy it for their children.
@zralte (4186)
• India
16 Jan 12
I know, and to tell the truth, I don't understand it. If they are rich, fine, who am I to say anything. But there are some people who seems very poor but managed to be able to get their kids whatever they want. Oh well, that's their choice, I suppose.
• United States
16 Jan 12
I agree. Seems like a waste of money to me. If they're rich, put that money towards the child's education. I'm glad they can afford it though, because I couldn't. Well, maybe I could if I save up half my years paycheck, but hey, to each their own.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
17 Jan 12
An iPad is like anything else. It is what you make it. There are over 500,000 applications on the iPad and although a lot of them are games MOST of them are not. -- "It is still better for the children to read the normal books" Almost every book that is published 'normally' is available for the iPad and when you talk of children the iPad can animate books making it MORE fun for kids to read. Outdoor Activities. Check out all the applications that allow you to track all of the things you are doing outside. If I talk about an iPhone for a minute... you can have that in your pocket with the GPS turned on and go on a hike and then the application will tell you where you went (even show a map), how far you went... other applications will tell how many calories were burnt and so forth. I have been to tennis tournaments where they use iPads to keep track of scoring and seeding and draws (who plays who). I use my iPad to keep track of my scores in bowling. I keep up with the news, friends, weather, and many more things than just a gaming platform. Take a deeper look and keep an open mind about what can actually be done with an iPad and you will find that games are good but the rest is GREAT. Thanks Zelo
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Jan 12
Long time no see I know the advantages of iPad, but children shall still read the normal books and even do more outdoor activities like playing football, swimming and so on.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
18 Jan 12
Yes youless I have been away for a while. If your opinion about normal books is what you believe I have no problem with that. And yes, children should be outside and playing and doing activities outside the home. But if you use that argument could you not also blame TV, XBOX, Computers, cell phones, etc.... The iPad itself is not evil but rather how and maybe more importantly how much you use it. And that, my friend, you may have a point. Some games on the iPad force you to come back after a certain time (crops die in farms, animals die if you don't feed them, food spoils if it is not served). BUT, if you find games that are both educational and fun then you have the best of both worlds. All the best! Zelo
17 Jan 12
Children now days are very different from last time this generation no one longer play out side activity all of them are playing in their house with xbox360,iPad games and pc games
• Philippines
17 Jan 12
Yes. I do agree with you on that. Children are not engaging with their playmates or their neighbors anymore. They are just so busy with playing games online...not just with ipad or itouch but with their PC as well. They just totally miss the fun and excitement with playing the great games with the playmates. It does create a great impact on this generation.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Jan 12
This is why as parents we shall create more chances for our children to have outdoor activities.
• Philippines
16 Jan 12
YEAH you are right there.. it is more important that children have outdoor activities. But i still buy my children an ipad, I just make it sure that she/he will use it in a period of time only. Besides, I don't like my children be neglected of the fast-pace of change in technology.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
You are a generous parent
• Philippines
16 Jan 12
hehehhe... im just happy seeing how happy my children are... hopefully.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
16 Jan 12
I don`t have children because i am not married.However i entirely agree with you that children at a young age should live and play...like children.Let them enjoy outdoor life,play games, go for school trips,read good books,cultivate good habits ,have respect for their parents,elders and teachers and in general have a good time and enjoy life without having any responsibilities .Later on whenthey grow up,and start earning then they can buy an ipad or whatever gadget is available to them.The games that they should be on the playground and field and not stuck to a screen that can have harmful affects to their sensitive eyes.
@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Jan 12
I think one day you will be a good parent
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
16 Jan 12
I am too old to become one at this present age nor am i inclined to marry.
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@cairalyssa (1405)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 12
I bought ipad for my 5 years old little girl. But i only install all learning game, The other day when her teacher ask me who is teaching her at home cause she got no 1 rank in her class and she's a very smart and bright kid. Then i said, she only ask me when she doesnt know about something, the rest, counting, reading, and so many other learning activity.. i like using media approach.. i bought her books too for bed time reading :)
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Jan 12
Sounds like iPad works well for your daughter
@maximax8 (27048)
20 Jan 12
Hello Youless. I will not be buying an iPad for any of my children. My daughter is just two years old and my disabled son is only four years old. Even when they are much older I will say no to buying an iPad. My sixteen year old son studies at a further education college. He studies hard and likes to do gaming in his spare time. He has got a Wii, a Play Station and an X Box. He loves books and does much reading. In summer he likes the great outdoors.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Jan 12
You are a responsible mother
@shskumbla (3341)
• India
20 Jan 12
No..,But I know about it.. Its a good devise to play..
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Jan 12
You are right.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
17 Jan 12
I don't have children but my answer is still a big NO!!!!(^^) If I bought one for my sister's children they will just play the game non stop. I even make face when the children play games online for hours as for me it is not good for them. An hour is fine but when they are too much into it will be an addiction as they will asked for my or others cellphones or computer to play games on it. I really hate that so no gadgets for them. They do not know how to divide time between playing and study. I would rather let them play outside than waste the time playing games online.(^^) If I want an ipad I will give it to myself~(^^)
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Jan 12
Yes, especially playing the video games will make the eyesight gets worse. And this is the negative effect for the children in their whole lives.
• Philippines
17 Jan 12
Ipad is the bigger side of ipodtouch and I do have an Itouch. It's more on playing games as you said and we can search in there through safari and browsing the net. But it's more on games through applications. I've bought one to help me search the internet but now that I bought a laptop, I don't see it's importance anymore. Hence, I am planning to sell it..but still, I need to think about it. Anyways, I don't think I would buy like that to my children. It's expensive...and I don't want them to focus on the game side. I want them to focus on their studies....I still don't have any children...so that would be my future plans. Have a nice day!
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Jan 12
You will be a good parent one day