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« on: July 21, 2010, 01:42:43 PM »

"we have to actually have to physically hide it in the house every day.
Why?
Because any time the slightest whiff of boredom sets in, the kids start robotically groping for it.
What do they do with it?
-- Games
-- TV shows
-- Movies
-- Comics
-- Books
You name it. They'll use it for anything. And while one's actually using it, the other will sit there and watch the first one using it. Until, again, they start fighting over it."

http://www.businessinsider.com/my-kids-are-addicted-to-my-ipad-2010-7
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 04:01:23 PM »

interestingly no. We were concerned for a little while that we might have to start limiting her use, but when we told her she needed to play with her toys, or else we dont need to buy her anymore, she immediately stopped and now seems to prefer her toys to her iPad, usually.

Id say she only spends about 30 minutes a day on average. sometimes more sometimes none at all. She prefers to play with her cars and trains and puzzles.

The times she does use it, she does 4 things.
assorted aquarium apps
matching games
dr suess books
occasional movie/show streamed from my computer or netflix.

I do almost nothing to help her. she does it all on her own. only thing she needs help with is anything that requires typing, like searching for a video on netflix.

I do wonder though if its an indication of the propensity of the child to be stupid or smart? Or if its more an indication of the failure/success of the parents.
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 04:48:33 PM »

>I do wonder though if its an indication of the propensity of the child to be stupid or smart? Or if its more an indication of the failure/success of the parents.

You worry too much. 

I'm not too surprised that she sees the ipad as just one of her toys, given her age. 10 or older, yeah she might go for the digital fix. Personally, I think that at her age the big thing is whether she can entertain herself.

>cars and trains and puzzles

I have a big family and a fair amount of anecdotal evidence that elaborate, sophisticated, and/or hi-tech toys don't have much staying power when it comes to their favorite toys.  In fact, I've been going out of my way to find ultra-simple toys and they are repeatedly the ones that are dug out of the toy closet.  Big winners with the under-10 crowd so far: A set of 5 small teddy bears in assorted colors, Play-doh, Aqua-doodle, wooden boxes with lids, wooden blocks, and a Wooly Willy (1950's drawing toy with a modern porn name).
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 05:21:07 PM »

You worry too much. 

lol not worry, just wonder.

Yea, she is awesome at entertaining herself. Occasional needy whiny pants, but usually actually wants to play on her own. The conversations she has with her cars and trains... lol

We use our nerd power to augment her needs. Print out coloring sheets, netflix-rip educational vids, craft projects from online. Its a wonderful world if you know how to use it. Though currently, the "inside activities" are running out... its hot as hell out there.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 08:18:40 PM »

I was there for nuts' daughter's first iPhone 4 face time experience. Thought she'd used it a bunch before, because she instantly had it. Geek cred/genes indeed. The kid will have a hard time being impressed with tech in the future,having seen so much awesome sauce before she's 3.
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010, 09:54:16 PM »

hehe. she also now has her own iphone... hahahahaha it has no service, but still, its hers. It has a few alarms on it to remind her to do things, like brush her teeth. She walks around talking on it. I am going to put skype or something on it, so I can call her Wink

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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 08:20:57 AM »

>have a hard time being impressed with tech

Bingo! That's the phrase I needed in my post above. What I'm seeing are kids becoming jaded on tech, they have an expectation of it being omnipresent almost like electricity.  So, tech toys often do not impress them. Conversely, they (and their parents) don't see many simple toys as they aren't what's routinely marketed.  There are some exceptions, of course. Barbie for instance -well, the introductory level of Barbie ownership, the doll itself.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 09:07:34 AM »

I think most parents buy toys for the purpose of getting the annoying kid outta their hair.

J and I have on the otherhand actually discussed almost every single toy/thing we have bought for her. The iPad was probably the longest. But even things like thomas the train. We got her going on that stuff because she builds tracks and creates adventures in her mind that she plays out on the table. Same with cars stuff. puzzles, of course, duh. books, duh. matching games.

Dolls... BZZZZZZZZT. nope. well, closest we got is nemo toys and a giant ass Sully from monsters inc which is still bigger than her. Nemo went for a ride on Lightning McQueen the other day in case you were wondering. They rescued thomas from the stroller.

next up is I think tinker toys. however, since there is no "world" or character bond with it, i will probably wait a bit on that. interest seems to only be with things that can have a character bond, like thomas and cars (the movie).


tv is another terrible thing. Of course she watches it. But, only pbs, animal planet, natgeo, or a movie from our library. Shows with actual words and real dialog. Not the retarded jibberspaz on fox or disney.

we are trying, but im sure she will be just as fucked up as the rest of this country.
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2010, 08:16:37 AM »

No denying what will happen Nuts, but you sure can influence the perceived fun of curiosity.

Toys for my kids mimicked what I had as a kid: Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, Erector Set, puzzle games and such. We were also incentivized to read at evey opportunity. I remember goongto other kids house where they had tacs, ClikClaks, the game of Life, whatever the hell the doctor surgery electric game was and such. BOOOHring. Perhaps that's why I learned to code the way I did ... I thought games were cool for about 15 minutes and then wanted to figure out how they worked. Fix 'em. Make them better.

I think you are spot on.

@RC I agree - but I won if that is a bad thing? Should we be amazed by technology, or perhaps ho-hum and be more amazed and interested in more human pursuits? 
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