What the Young Want
This was the year my son’s Christmas list really plugged in.
His requests to Santa included a Nintendo DS, several games, plus all the electronic trimmings. He’s already got an iPod, and now wants accessories, starting with dog-shaped speakers that move to the music. About the only thing he hasn’t asked for yet is a cell phone, but he’s eager to use Mom’s or Dad’s whenever he gets the chance.
Oh, and one more thing: He’s 7.
If you have children, chances are you’re facing this same situation in one form or another. And for a generation that was forced to wait until 16 to get a land line in the bedroom, it can be tough to navigate the appropriate age for cell-phone ownership – especially when kids are asking for technological gadgets at younger and younger ages.
But how young is too young? It’s a question parents struggle with even as educators and child experts scramble to keep up. The only thing they are sure to recommend is careful buying.
Here’s a great run down (snagged from ypulse’s essentials) of a parent’s view on kids, tech, and xmas (or whatever gifty holiday you participate in this winter season).
Props for the Anastasia mention in it too!!
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- @Rockjaw My issue is taking an IP that was marketed to 9+, making a show for teens, and having that show celebrate dangerous behaviors. :( 23 hours ago