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lazyintellectual

11/21/2012 9:56:47 AM
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Tablet, ipad or netbook for a 5 year old

I am wondering what peoples experiences are with tablets, ipads, or netbooks, and what would be best for my five year old.  
 
She is fairly rough and tumble, klutzy, and quite proficient on the PC and laptop.  
 
I have done a little research on the tablets, and netbooks, however don't know much about the ipads, and price wise I am not sure what they run. I am looking for something less expensive, and chances are the ipads are quite a bit more.

 
 
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elb

11/21/2012 10:00:19 AM
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Fisher price makes some great products for 5 year olds.  
 
Honestly though, technology will take over her life soon enough. Get her kid's toys and let her enjoy childhood while she can

What goes around...

11/21/2012 10:01:48 AM
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Seriously? Five. Wow. Im speechless.

NA

11/21/2012 10:13:35 AM
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look on the internet for cheaper tablets

I got my kids 8" android tablets for $100 each they are a lot cheaper than i pads but work in the same manner. They have internet capabilities so you can get a lot of great things for kids on them and are a lifesaver in the vehicle on trips as the kids can read, play games, or watch a video.  
 
I also got a carrying case for them to sit in so they can handle the drops to the floor.

amber&jeremy

11/21/2012 10:14:30 AM
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.......

How about you get your five year old some toys or crayons, art supplies, things that kids actually want and need.. and get mommy or daddy the tablet/ipad/netbook ect. And that way the kid can still play on it with adult supervision and it gets taken care of.. but is also still a child.  
 
I have a tablet.. its mine. my children are allowed to use it to read their books (that i put on it) that is it. They arent allowed using it for games.. I also have some childrens movies on there too for long car rides..  
 
keep kids young. They get older way to fast, and before you know it they are going to be gone..  
 
Just my thought

Melissa1986

11/21/2012 10:14:58 AM
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Ipad!!

My son who is five got an ipad last christmas...he has takin very good care of it. He has learned a lot! We pay for very educations apps and its great!...He does play angry birds if we arent looking.lol.

ChristopherMacDonald

11/21/2012 10:20:04 AM
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5 year old

Seriously???!!! How about a Playstation3? Or a big screen smart tv? The kid is 5!!!! Buy the kid a tricycle or something to promote ACTIVE LIVING!!!! Save your money and teach the kid how to draw. Or paint. Buy the kid Lego blocks. Teach him how to build. Buy a kids hockey stick and a pair of skates.

hermione

11/21/2012 10:44:19 AM
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Completely agree

  
Elise said "Fisher price makes some great products for 5 year olds.  
 
Honestly though, technology will take over her life soon enough. Get her kid's toys and let her enjoy childhood while she can "

Children need to play to learn at that age. I would get her toys.

Chris

11/21/2012 10:56:37 AM
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Seriously??

There are some people who are jumping all over the OP, because you think having a tablet is wrong... Just a quick question for those who think this five year old doesn't need a tablet, do you have kids and how old are they?  
 
Technology has advanced so much in the past 10 years... My 1 year old completely understands how the touch technology works on my iPhone and playbook.. She loves to play t he piano and drum kit apps, as well as baby/toddler apps that I have.  
 
Vtech and several other children toy manufactures produce several models of tablets, laptops and digital cameras for children as young as 2... These can be great learning tools for children..  
 
Kids learn a lot differently than they did in the past. Just because my daughter may spent 10 minutes playing on my iPhone doesn't mean she doesn't spend a half hour playing with her books and other toys

iceberg

11/21/2012 11:00:17 AM
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5 years old

seriously ....let your child be a child. toys books games. kids now days don't know how to play a board game,,interact with people, etc. its all about technology and yes that the way the world is going but really take away all those elecronics for a week and have some fun. go for a walk ,play a game, color, play barbies ,,, where did all that stuff go???  
there is plenty of time for your child to learn technology. just my opinion.

Luckie13

11/21/2012 11:02:45 AM
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All the playing in the world doesn't teach ...

Of all they toys and activities in the world, they don't teach all the active hands on learning techniques. My daughter has done play to learn, activity books flash cards... etc! But even with those 'hard copy' options she still has a hard time grasping concepts and learning to write/read her basics she needs for kindergarten. Being the problem solver parent, seeking other option to assist us, this includes my iPhone, I'm buying an iPad mini, the apps have very great learning options, many kids learn differently now than they did when I was a child. Some kids need different formats of page layouts, fonts, different colored papers.  
Kudos to you on seeking the technological alternatives to teaching your child!  
I recommend the iPad mini, the Leap Pad 2 (EB Games) and the Leap Pen & Books!

braid

11/21/2012 11:06:02 AM
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well said!

  
Chris said "There are some people who are jumping all over the OP, because you think having a tablet is wrong... Just a quick question for those who think this five year old doesn't need a tablet, do you have kids and how old are they?  
 
Technology has advanced so much in the past 10 years... My 1 year old completely understands how the touch technology works on my iPhone and playbook.. She loves to play t he piano and drum kit apps, as well as baby/toddler apps that I have.  
 
Vtech and several other children toy manufactures produce several models of tablets, laptops and digital cameras for children as young as 2... These can be great learning tools for children..  
 
Kids learn a lot differently than they did in the past. Just because my daughter may spent 10 minutes playing on my iPhone doesn't mean she doesn't spend a half hour playing with her books and other toys "

Very well said Chris! OP asked WHAT KIND of tablet...not for your opinion on child rearing.... you may not agree with a 5 year old having a tablet but ...their kid & they do.

elb

11/21/2012 11:11:17 AM
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Chris said "There are some people who are jumping all over the OP, because you think having a tablet is wrong... Just a quick question for those who think this five year old doesn't need a tablet, do you have kids and how old are they?  
 
Technology has advanced so much in the past 10 years... My 1 year old completely understands how the touch technology works on my iPhone and playbook.. She loves to play t he piano and drum kit apps, as well as baby/toddler apps that I have.  
 
Vtech and several other children toy manufactures produce several models of tablets, laptops and digital cameras for children as young as 2... These can be great learning tools for children..  
 
Kids learn a lot differently than they did in the past. Just because my daughter may spent 10 minutes playing on my iPhone doesn't mean she doesn't spend a half hour playing with her books and other toys "

While I understand what you're saying, I still stand by my point that 5 years old is too young for a CHILD to have a tablet/ipad of their own.  
 
I work in a restaurant, and I can't count the number of times that children have been so transfixed with their ipod that they don't even speak or pay attention to their parents to make an order.  
 
Social skills are crucial, and at the rate we're going, no one will be talking face to face in a few years because they'll all be glued to their phones, tablets and computers.  
 
As I said before, she's a kid, let her be a kid. And as someone else mentioned, get an ipad of your own and let her use it from time to time, but don't get her her own

Cheezies

11/21/2012 11:24:11 AM
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Ipad mini

I would recommend the IPad mini. I have heard many great things about this, and it is perfect for little hands.  

summergal

11/21/2012 11:26:01 AM
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I can't remember what brand it is (i saw it on tv) but it is a childrens tablet, it has a limited wifi on it so they can only look up childrens stuff, which i think is important if your going to give a child that young a tablet.  
 
When my niece was younger she would search random things on google to see what would come up and ended up looking at a VERY explicit porn site. Luckily her step dad was right there and closed it quickly.  
 
I would do an online search and find one like that so you know they arn't looking at anything inappropriate.

Chris

11/21/2012 11:33:12 AM
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they will get bored of it jut as easily...

The way I look at giving a 5 year or a 2 year old a tablet, is that it just another toy for them.. They will play with it for a while before moving onto the next thing.  
 
Since my daughter has been able to move around and grab things, it's been a rule that she is not allowed to grab remotes and tablets, and she knows she is not allowed to grab them by herself. I consider my IPhone too valuable to chance get playing with it.  
 
However, I would definitely Consider buying her a vtech or leap frog tablet that can withstand a beating and not nearly as expensive. She would play with it for a while, before getting bored and grabbing another toy.  
 
There are definitely different styles of parenting out there, but technology is such an established part of most of our days and in the future will be even more part of our lives.  
Just as my generation knew a lot more about technology than the one before me, my daughters generation will know it even better.  
 

L4593

11/21/2012 11:36:09 AM
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WBBgirl said "I would recommend the IPad mini. I have heard many great things about this, and it is perfect for little hands.  
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Heard they're coming out with a new one called iTouch Kids......kidding of course!  
 
I'm not opposed to kids learning new technology as my 12 and 15 year old have just about everything, but I'd have a hard time justifying dishing out $300 or more on an item for a 5 year old. What happens when the tonka truck falls and cracks the screen on it? Leap Pad, etc. have been designed to take the abuse that young kids can put it through. I'd wait until they're about 9 or 10 for the real thing, and even at that age things can happen to, like things getting lost.

NA

11/21/2012 11:57:27 AM
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maybe it is better than..

  
Elise said "
  
Chris said "There are some people who are jumping all over the OP, because you think having a tablet is wrong... Just a quick question for those who think this five year old doesn't need a tablet, do you have kids and how old are they?  
 
Technology has advanced so much in the past 10 years... My 1 year old completely understands how the touch technology works on my iPhone and playbook.. She loves to play t he piano and drum kit apps, as well as baby/toddler apps that I have.  
 
Vtech and several other children toy manufactures produce several models of tablets, laptops and digital cameras for children as young as 2... These can be great learning tools for children..  
 
Kids learn a lot differently than they did in the past. Just because my daughter may spent 10 minutes playing on my iPhone doesn't mean she doesn't spend a half hour playing with her books and other toys "

While I understand what you're saying, I still stand by my point that 5 years old is too young for a CHILD to have a tablet/ipad of their own.  
 
I work in a restaurant, and I can't count the number of times that children have been so transfixed with their ipod that they don't even speak or pay attention to their parents to make an order.  
 
Social skills are crucial, and at the rate we're going, no one will be talking face to face in a few years because they'll all be glued to their phones, tablets and computers.  
 
As I said before, she's a kid, let her be a kid. And as someone else mentioned, get an ipad of your own and let her use it from time to time, but don't get her her own "

the servers giving dirty looks and making negative comments because the child is bored and is figgeting in their chair.

PaulieCracker

11/21/2012 12:03:27 PM
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Kids Tablets

  
summergal said "I can't remember what brand it is (i saw it on tv) but it is a childrens tablet, it has a limited wifi on it so they can only look up childrens stuff, which i think is important if your going to give a child that young a tablet.  
 
When my niece was younger she would search random things on google to see what would come up and ended up looking at a VERY explicit porn site. Luckily her step dad was right there and closed it quickly.  
 
I would do an online search and find one like that so you know they arn't looking at anything inappropriate. "

Kurio 7 is available at Toys R Us the Nabi is available at I believe Walmart.ca and Futureshop.ca.  
 
All have parental controls on it. The Kurio 7 can turn into Android tablet for adult use, but the APPS for Adults are from 1Mobile and Amazon.com App Store(not available for Canadian use) and don't always work. The Kurio Store for kids has lots of kids Apps.  
 
If you are looking just for a Kids Tablet the Kurio7 is pretty good and comes with a really nice rubber bumper that goes around it, making it very rugged. I don't have any experience on the Nabi, but did research it as well. Got good reviews. I went with the Kurio 7 because it has a front and back camera and changes to Android.

hadi

11/21/2012 12:08:20 PM
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Ipad

I have a 7 and a 10 and they have had their iPads for 2 years now @ home and school , great tool , stick to iPad since it's what schools are using now,  
You can get a use one for under $300  
For all you other posters out there , yes 5 year olds with iPads , get with it , better than 12 year olds with pot , or all you moms and dads out there txting and farmvilling all day

tryinghard

11/21/2012 12:19:57 PM
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ebrandon is hilarious!!!

I love how so many responded to this post with their own opinions, none of which the OP wanted or cared to hear! She asked what kind of tablet!! Too funny how people can't wait to give their 2 cents when not even asked!  

GGWow

11/21/2012 12:32:58 PM
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Quit judging people

My kids are under 6. This year Santa is bringing a "smart TV' for the family. We are truly fortunate that we have the problem of what to get the kids this year. They have a toy room full of tonka trucks, cars, action figure and definately don't need another lego set. They got leap pads last year, use our ipads and iPods and really have everything that they could really want. Am I a bad parent. I don't think so - we work hard and are fortunate to be able to give to our kids. Yes, I do think at times our kids are spoiled but our kids will also learn that they will need to work hard to get the things they want in life.  
Back to the question - I would recommend that you may want to think of getting one of the cheaper android tablets that if it gets broke then it's not a large expense to replace. Lots of free games to download from google play. At 5 kids can still get rough with stuff and even though may be careful things can happen.

weatherman harry potter

11/21/2012 12:34:32 PM
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leapfrog

Makes a leap pad...... Really I think an iPad is a little much for a 5 year old...

weatherman harry potter

11/21/2012 12:36:57 PM
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or

How about doing an iPad as a family gift? That way everyone can enjoy it!

grabngearz

11/21/2012 12:47:28 PM
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seriously x 2

my god people, she asked what tablet people recommend NOT how many "seriously's" she could get.  
We bought our kids age 3 and 7 a kurio 7. one for each. and yes "seriously".

GGWow

11/21/2012 12:48:58 PM
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Leap pad

Just a thought on the leap pads. I got them last year and they are good for kids and ruggedly build but the games are expensive compared to the apps you can get for free or a couple of bucks from google play. They are educationally based but if your kids get bored quickly with them and want new ones. Also the Leap pad 2's may be better but the original ones don't have a lot of memory and we ran out of memory with games downloaded on them and with them taking pictures and videos and saving art work. Downloadable music is also limited to what is offered as a app and is generally a kid bop type of album.  
 
The 3 year old still likes the leap pad but the 5 year old would rather play on the ipod or tablet.  
 
Edited by GGWow, 2012-11-21 12:51:15

Spaghetti Monster

11/21/2012 12:50:46 PM
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Yup.....

  
tryinghard said "I love how so many responded to this post with their own opinions, none of which the OP wanted or cared to hear! She asked what kind of tablet!! Too funny how people can't wait to give their 2 cents when not even asked!  
"

......the place is absolutely chock- a- block with the most wonderful parents on the planet. Must be why there are so few ne'er do wells in Brandon.  
 
To the OP I would suggest you look for someone selling one of the first iPads. You should be able to get it a little cheaper. Little hands are still learning and motor skills still developing as you well know. I glass of spilled milk could be as damaging as a tumble down the stairs.  
 
There are many apps designed for the wee ones.

DVH

11/21/2012 12:56:39 PM
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playbook

We have a blackberry playbook with an otterbox and have a few phonics games and apps on it that my 2yr old plays. It has helped him learn all his letters and numbers and more and is very easy to navigate around he can use it on his own. And with the otterbox it can take a few drops here and there.

dallie

11/21/2012 1:07:33 PM
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iPad

I would go for the iPad, but likely as a family gift. As far as all the opposition, times have changed.

Stro

11/21/2012 1:22:09 PM
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my soon to be

3 year old is using a blackberry playbook better then i am, they are fairly cheap as everyone thinks blackberry is going under. There are many educational apps to download for all ages.

 
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