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  • Most Kids 6-12 Want an iPad


    Kids in the US as young as six years old are most interested in iPads for Christmas, with iPod touches and game consoles topping their letters to Santa. This is according to a recently-released survey by the Nielsen Company. Older consumers are somewhat less interested in the tablet, focusing on other big-ticket items like computers, TVs and smartphones.

    "With Black Friday rapidly approaching, parents may want to get up early Friday morning to find deals," Nielsen said in a press release earlier this week announcing that "a recent survey shows their kids are eyeing some wallet-stretching electronics this holiday season." The report said that the iPad is the most desirable technology product, with 31% of kids in the US aged 6 to 12 said they are interested in "buying" an iPad within the next six months. The second most popular gift request is an iPod touch, which as the report notes outpaced the Nintendo DS and PlayStation 3 as a gaming console, and tied with a computer at 29%. The Nintendo DS/DSi/DS Lite came in third with 25%.

    The survey results were broken down for people both younger and older than 13 years of age. A computer is the most-desired item for older respondents, with 20%, closely followed by TV and a non-iPhone smartphone at 19% each. The iPad is third most popular among older consumers with 18% saying they wanted one in the next six months.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Most Kids 6-12 Want an iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 80 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Princess8408 View Post
      Yes I have a 6 month old son and no. He will not be screaming everywhere and running wild but he will be a kid. Did you have these things when you were young? I don't think so. I sure as hell didn't. I had whats called a childhood. Something you are causing your son to lack. And you want to question my parenting?? Try taking those things away from your son for a day. See how he reacts. I bet you it's not gonna be good. He'll be the kid screaming and acting out.

      And I have to say I agree with the cell phones! They make me upset too lol. But it's more the parents fault for calling them during school hours. And don't even start me on kids nowadays not being able to tell time because of technology. But I suppose the answerer above me thinks that's ok too.
      6 months? Well with that kind of parenting time under your belt I better listen up. Toddlers are quite different

      Thanks for a question that doesn't make sense, of course I didn't have an iPad 30 years ago. Everything your child uses or consumes right now is something you did also as a child?

      My parents did however afford me every possible opportunity they could. The goal as a parent should be for your children to have it better than you had it as a child.

      Take it away from him? Sure, I do it all the time. We go every other weekend to our ranch to hunt and fish. He doesn't touch the devices when we are there. We hang out all day enjoying nature and family time. I call that a childhood.

      Again if you expect your child to act like a spoiled little brat then thats what they will become.

      It's not alright that kids can't tell time. You know what? My son does a pretty good job of it already.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      Thanks for agreeing about the phones. However, nothing Stealth has said leads me to believe he is a bad parent, or would call his kid at school. I know he reads literature, and I assume he is reading aloud to his kid. I expect that he will teach his kid to tell analog time (I certainly did). Let's not mix up the message with the messenger. We all have different parenting methods, and we all see (in public) the results of some of those methods. Arggh. But giving a kid an iPad does not necessarily lead to public demonstrations of hissy fits. My big boy grew up with original Nintendo and he came out fine. Very social. My little one is growing up with touch screens and computers and he's coming out fine. No hissy fits in stores, just good social skills and A's in school. Parents set the tone. Bad tone, difficult kid. It's not having the iPad that would cause the issue, it's the parent not having structure and limits and love.
      Yes my wife teaches literature and writing composition at a local university and kids think it's alright to answer a phone and walk out of class talking on it. It drives her crazy. We are also very big on reading to our children. My wife and I usually read a couple books to both our kids before bed.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      I teach at a high school now (taught at a middle school as well) and phones are a major issue. It used to be PSPs, but phones and texting have overtaken them. I've gotten really good at spotting phone use under desks and in pockets. One little brain surgeon even tried to give me a dummy phone (I saw where she put the one she was using). Those two phones went to the office for the parent to pick up after school.

      My older boy's mother was a teacher (I was a photographer for 30 years). Now I'm the teacher and my 7-year-old reads daily. He's reading 1-2 hours a day this week (books, but also on my Mac, because [private] school has them reading off of a web site), usually 1 hour because of homework and karate (2nd degree brown belt). He loves his Wii, but there are time limits on it. The DSi is for after homework and reading, if it's too cold or dark to go out and play in the yard. He can't go out and run around, even though we live in a safe neighborhood, because times have changed. My older boy (in his 30's) was always outside, and of course when I was growing up, I could stay out until bedtime and go anywhere (ah, the simpler life of the 50's and early 60's).

      It isn't the technology, it's the society. No restraints on behavior, lawyers/lawsuits, no responsibility for your actions, entitlement, pedophiles (hidden and making music), can you believe you can look up on the internet where sex offenders live!?, etc. Good parents help create good kids. Mostly.

      Chutes and Ladders is no better or worse than an iPad.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      It takes special people with a crazy amount of patience to teach high school. I know I couldn't deal with all that.

      I think you are spot on with your parenting advice.
    1. Princess8408's Avatar
      Princess8408 -
      Ah! See I didn't know you were doing all of that with your son. That's a different story. Most parents I see dont do that. They are either one way or the other. Either letting their kids play with electronics all day or not at all. See if you had explained that in the first place I wouldn't have been so harsh :P miscommunication I guess. Another problem that comes with too much technology
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Special Education in a Special Day Class. Social Sciences (History, Econ, Gov't, and Writing). My kids are below GE, below Resource, and above Severely Handicapped. Patience? Me? Yeah, I guess so.
    1. Wesleys's Avatar
      Wesleys -
      Quote Originally Posted by Princess8408 View Post
      A 2 year old with his OWN iPad???? Wow. I think someone needs some serious parenting classes. I personally think that is bs as well but if it is true you need to re evaluate your parenting skills before your child grows up to be obese, anti social and living in your basement till he's 40. I've worked with children of all ages for years and they're SUPPOSED to do things like scribble and flush things down the toilet and play outside!! It's not bad behavior it's called LEARNING. I let my 6 month old play with my iPad and iPhone but it's MINE not his.
      @Princess8408 Are you picturing something along the lines of comic book guy? lol I agree with your point completely. But it is all about balance. You sound like an amazing mom who knows how to balance play and education. But let me ask you this. Did you have Nintendo growing up? Thats kind of the same thing as a kid having an Ipod/Ipad. Remember...all about balance
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      Special Education in a Special Day Class. Social Sciences (History, Econ, Gov't, and Writing). My kids are below GE, below Resource, and above Severely Handicapped. Patience? Me? Yeah, I guess so.
      Yikes. You must be made of concrete and steel.
    1. Princess8408's Avatar
      Princess8408 -
      I'm picturing someone exactly like comic book guy lol. And thanks I do balance everything. As I said I let my son play with my iPhone because there are awesome apps on there and he loves the colors, but I would never buy him his own. I most likely will when he's going into high school many many many years from now but any kid with one under the age of 13 or 14 is ridiculous. And no he can't take it to school lol. He is read to everyday, taken to community programs almost everyday and I always do flash cards with him after lunch. So yes he's got a good balance.

      Yes I did have Nintendo growing up. My dad bought me an N64 when they first came out for my 8th bday. I had many electronics, mostly dolls and walking puppies and stuff but they were hardly used. Between school, modeling, pageants and playing with my friends I never really had time to play with them. Even now I struggle to find time for my wii fit lol
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Nooooo!!!!! Not another high school student with a phone. S/he will sneak it out and get caught and you will get a phone call from the office.

      I see 5-year-olds with iPhones and I just shake my head. Why?! God in heaven, why?!

      I will say, as a parent and as a teacher, that kids with too much to do are just as likely to have issues as those with nothing to do. I see kids in our karate school who do karate, little league, dance, drama, bike racing, singing, etc., etc. and they and their parents are racing around trying to fit everything in. Balance is best.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Everyone could use an iPad
    1. Princess8408's Avatar
      Princess8408 -
      Ya I was rushed around as a kid alot. Especially for pageants lol. And ya I suppose you're right. I know I snuck around on my cell all the time but maybe by then they'll have a setting where they can't call out except for me lol. I think they used to have something like that years ago called a firefly??
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      LMAO @ SB's posts about the life of his family, it's like out of a movie!

      Haha at the Xbox, no one wants it anymore, it's had it's glory day, I thought iPhone 4 would be at the top.

      Any kid with an iPhone 4 or any phone at this age is a right spoilt brat.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      to all of those saying ipad/ipod is bad and they should only play with dirt and draw on walls when they are 2... put your kid that plays with dirt and flush things down the toilet and my kid (3 y/o)that knows how to use an iDevice next to each other when they are 15 and watch my son being more athlete and better fit and with a higher I.Q. than your kid... playing with electronics does not make them stupid, nerds or obese, but smarter!!

      I am SO PROUD when people say "wow, he can recognize letters, colors, numbers, count to 100 in two languages, etc" yes my son is bilingual, two languages fluent and knows more than the kids at kinder gartden and he is ONLY 3
    1. Princess8408's Avatar
      Princess8408 -
      I'd love to put my child next to yours. I bet yours wasn't able to point out colours and shapes you read to them at 5 and a half months old. And ya 15 sounds like a good age. But yours wont be the athletic one. He'll be smart for sure but you can bet he isn't going to be athletic. You have to get of your bum and do something other than play on a touch screen to achieve that and as for your iq comment think again. It's proven for children that human interaction is best. Hence why children who watch excessive amounts of TV have lower IQs. You need to read and speak and play with your child. Not stick a glass pad in front of them.
    1. Princess8408's Avatar
      Princess8408 -
      And for the record my 6 month old can use my iPhone and iPad too. As i said i let him play with it. I guess by your theory that makes him a genius.
    1. Wesleys's Avatar
      Wesleys -
      Hahahahahaha well said Princess. Bravo!!
    1. Princess8408's Avatar
      Princess8408 -
      @ wesleys thanks as I am bored with this subject and have better things to do than argue about parenting, I figure I share this link with you. It about sums up what I'm trying to say. Enjoy!
      http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic..._bad_for_kids_
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      1998, kids wanted soccer balls for 0.99$.
      2010, kids wants iPads for 499$.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      I never said my son does not play outside, I did say that the need to be outdoor kids and on their indoor time, ipad and others are good to complement and teach them how to think. If you think he won't be the athlete one, think again, since he already knows how to ride dirt bike (w/o training wheels) so I agree with you with the interaction (as I stated on an earlier post), but I was just saying that electronics are not bad as others say, and that's why I let my son play with my iphone like you let your 6 months old