..at the age of 6 then it is probably quite ok, but does he really need it? My son is exposed to technology and to the web probably a little bit more than other kids his age. He is joining me and my boyfriend to geek events (meetups and barcamps), he is experimenting with on-line gaming (at school and at home), he is starting to think of the apps he will develop himself (playing with Scratch). But when I was asked to purchase a laptop dedicated just for his needs I found it...I guess "early" is the right word. I do not see the need to buy a device which is going to be used once a week (weekly web allowance for his age in our house;)) specially if my own iPad is practically speaking HIS anyway.
But my son is full of surprises and somehow - just like cats do - anyway makes his point. Today, after quite a few days of silence on the topic of his own laptop and arguments that if he waits a bit longer his patience will be rewarded with his own Mac instead of a pc...he simply made his own!
OK, maybe it's not a real one, but does the job. He's got his laptop now. He HAS made his point and did make me think about it again. Sometimes I think generations are created to differ and clash so that the true progress will be born out of all that struggle between them. But most of the time I just think kids know everything much better than we do and we just need to listen. I am not saying that I will now run to the shop and purchase a new Mac for my son, but I think it might be a good time to consider more conversations and work on our shared one.
I will think about it;)
I would appreciate your feedback. When do you think we should get our kids their own laptops (not access to the web mind you, iPads are good for that from early years)? According to Mashable and other voices on-line we are looking at 8-12 year olds yet somehow I think we should do it earlier. I would love to know what you think!