- 02-07-13, 08:37 PM #26
Thinking of getting the Z10 for my six year old daughter - irresponsible?
Be for real, people! You don't give a child an expensive phone; unless you have money to burn.
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- 02-07-13, 08:46 PM #27
No way, if it gets stolen while the kid is Not looking then it's your own fault. But, if you do this don't let us be saying "we told you so" down the road.
Come back and keep us informed on how responsible the kid could be to this expensive phone.
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-07-13, 09:52 PM #28
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I have a co-worker who's son had an iPod and was beaten up after school and robbed of his iPod. I think he was 8 years old at the time. If your 6 year old daughter gets her own phone, don't let her out of your sight with it. Never let her be alone with it. There are a lot of jealous or envious kids out there, who would like "her" phone for themselves. They might not know at that age, that they can be tracked down with a stolen phone. Doesn't matter. I wouldn't even let her be put in harms way. Bad idea. Maybe, when they are 12 or 13, at the earliest.
- 02-07-13, 09:58 PM #29
Would you give her the keys to the house and car?
As others have said, get her a PlayBook. If she's as sharp as we're led to understand, it's only a matter of time before she discovers how to crack parental controls, by executing a device wipe. By the time you've paid any attention, you would have allowed other ill-intentioned heathens access to your naive child. From one parent to another, use your freaking head. Take a trip to the library, take her outside to play, pay her ALL of your attention. Don't hand her a loaded weapon. Sheesh!
- 02-07-13, 11:45 PM #30
Nope. If she wants to play games let her play games on your phone when she's around.
Hand her a piece of string, a bouncy ball, and a cookie. Tell her to use her imgaination and run wild with it.
- 02-08-13, 12:50 AM #33
The Playbook may be more beneficial for 6 year old child. Our youngest child was 10 when we gave her a Nexus 1. If tablets had been available I would have maybe went that route. The cost is not that significant relative to our consumables like gas & groceries. Opinions of others are based on small "snapshots" of observations. If you sense a benefit in giving your child a Blackberry, then consider doing so.
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-08-13, 03:24 AM #36
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My son turns 16 in March (next month!) And he's showing interest in the Z10, right now he only has a basic Samsung Intensity 2 (not a smart phone)
I'm considering it as a bday present, but if he was 6 years old then I'd have to go with "no." That's just me personally.
- 02-08-13, 05:47 AM #38
Our 8 year old has a ipad first model. He loves it, and the games and educational apps are brilliant and mostly free. I also handed him down my 15" MacBook Pro for his room. Mostly, he uses that to charge the ipad.
Either they can control the technology or they can be controlled by it. I choose (nowadays) for him to be in control rather than the other way round.
- 02-08-13, 07:17 AM #39
Re: Thinking of getting the Z10 for my six year old daughter - irresponsible?
A smartphone for a first grader.
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- CrackBerry Master
02-08-13, 07:43 AM #41
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- 02-08-13, 09:47 AM #45
Honestly? It depends on if you think she's responsible enough. The Z10 is fairly expensive and relatively fragile (get a case). And you'd probably want to first try to figure out if she'll get bored of it after a while and lose it.
But it could also be a good thing if you can pop a prepaid sim so that she can call you (just make it clear that she can only use it to call you), or at the bare minimum I don't think you need a SIM to call 911.
But I'd really think this through first. Someone I know had a kid that really insisted that she wanted an iPhone for christmas, and the entire family pooled their money to get her one. She was mad that she only got one present and smashed it. I'm not upset about the iPhone, but I am upset about the waste of money.
Personally? I believe that a six year old shouldn't get a phone worth more than maybe $200 contract free, if he/she actually is responsible enough for one. But in the end it's the parent's decision.
- 02-08-13, 09:49 AM #46
- 02-08-13, 09:53 AM #47
I don't think a Z10, or any smartphone, is age appropriate for a 6 year old. I would say maybe a 7" Kindle Fire HD which has a specific add-on option to deliver games and entertainment designed for small children. I would not want a radiating device in the hands of my child except for wi-fi as needed to add content.
- 02-08-13, 12:00 PM #48
Why do people think a smartphone, particularly a Z10 is bad for kid? There are parental controls for crying out loud...
It's just growing with technology, and in a healthy way at that.
To say an 8 year old is too young for a smartphone in today's age is like going back 40-50 years and telling an 8 year old that he should wait til he's older to watch television...
What's the big deal?
I see the real world practicality of giving a smart phone. One, they gotta have a phone for communication in case there is an emergency or the kid needs something, especially if MY 8 year old is in little league baseball/basketball/soccer, I'd want a way for my child to contact me or the authorities if need be. And two, not only do they have a cell phone, they also have an ipod touch or similar device. A smartphone is the marriage of the two devices into one. So what the big deal?
Besides, in my opinion (for what that's worth, ha), if a parent does his/her job right, they won't have to worry about issues of technology in their children's hands. It reminds me of friends I had in high school whose parents told them not to smoke cigarettes but didn't really do a good job of actually raising their kids with specific morals and values:
Parent: "I don't want you smoking cigarettes."
*hands kid allowance money or money for gas/food*
Kid: "Thanks mom"
*kid buys fake ID with money and goes to liquor store to buy cigarettes*
Last edited by JR A; 02-08-13 at 12:12 PM.
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-08-13, 12:10 PM #49
- 273 Posts
If you want to give her something to play with, you are better off giving her an iPod Touch, iPad Mini, or Playbook. I don't think you want to giver her a Z10 because it also a phone. If you do, that is not a good idea. She will lose it or have it stolen, (my six year old loses things all the time), and the jury is still out on how these things effect brain development.
- 02-08-13, 12:44 PM #50
To all the nay-sayers:
I bought my 3 (THREE) year old daughter a cheap android tablet. The most popular selling toys for toddlers are the "kiddy" tablets. They are basically sh...t tablets covered in colourful plastic that run crappy over-priced "applications". I decided just to get her a real one. It was only slightly more expensive and was FAR better. I filled it up with educational apps about space and about letters and numbers, adding in a couple of games. At 3.5 years she was getting a grip on the UI.
Yoyos were the most advanced toy of their time. Yoyos suck.
We should not be stuck in the past. Having studied archaeology I have an appreciation of how prehistoric people, however good their system was, would embrace innovation. The history of flint knapping attests to this. And you can bet your belt buckle that they taught their kids the EXTANT technology, rather than nostalgically gesturing to a "better" time.
Provide your children with things that give them a good grip on the world as it is NOW. It is not spoiling them. It is preparing them.Yea, and I'm a guy who spends a good bit of time living off berries under a birch bark shelter wishing it was still the mofo Mesolithic age.
Get her a Playbook....
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