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Do You Let Kids Play With Your Gadgets?

Apparently, smartphones and iPads are becoming the new babysitters! Used to be that you'd plop your kid down in front of the TV to get some chores done around the house, but now, moms and dads are using today's tech to keep their kiddies occupied at home and on the go. There's plenty of kid-friendly apps available to entertain and teach your kids while you're otherwise unavailable, and maybe it's because I'm not a mom that I get a knee-jerk reaction to this idea. Really? You're letting your 3-year-old play with your $500 iPad? To me, that's crazy talk.

On the other hand, it's a good idea to get the little ones acquainted with tech as early as possible, since it's a sound prediction that kids will be working even closer with computers than we are today. Maybe it's the cheapskate in me that wants to keep little hands far, far away from my expensive tech toys. What about you — do you let kids play with your gadgets?

Source: Flickr user aperturismo

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sourcherries sourcherries 6 years
Egads, no! Gadgets are not made for little children. They should be able to play with toys suitable for their age. Besides, I'm with KadBunny--it's sad to use these as babysitters/pacifiers. How about a little good old-fashioned human interaction?
KadBunny KadBunny 6 years
Depends which, but ever since my cousin dropped my poor little gameboy micro I've been weird about it. Maybe if it's not something they can pick up and run around with. I detest this growing trend of letting gadgets become the new babysitters though. I guess it's not much different from letting them watch TV, but still. :( What happened to playtime and arts and crafts
daniit daniit 6 years
My cousins, a 2-year-old and a 9-year-old love to play with my iPod Touch They listen to music, they paint... of course the youngest needs supervision, but she loves it!
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