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How old would your child have to be to get a laptop?

My son is 5 and very good on our computer.  My hub and I decided that next year he is going to get a laptop to play his games on his own computer.  I can't believe how many educational games are out there!  Oh, and no he won't have the internet.

 
MrsHouston47302

Asked by MrsHouston47302 at 9:02 PM on Feb. 19, 2011 in General Parenting

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Answers (12)
  • They are easier to upgrade.
    Simplicity3

    Answer by Simplicity3 at 9:08 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • Desk top - cheaper, easier to upgrade, get more for your money, less chance they can get dropped and broken.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 9:13 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • My son can have a computer when he can afford it himself.
    Robsmommy

    Answer by Robsmommy at 9:21 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • Not til they go off to college. The family desk top is good enough for my kids and the shared laptop.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 9:05 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • My child has a desktop. He's 8.
    Simplicity3

    Answer by Simplicity3 at 9:06 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • You're welcome.
    Simplicity3

    Answer by Simplicity3 at 9:10 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • My kids have their own desktop that they share. They won't be getting laptops until at least 13. Several of their friends have or have had them and I've seen/heard of too many of them being broken because kids aren't careful with them.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 9:12 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • desktops have more power for certain games and are easier to upgrade. I have nothing against a young child having their own computer, but I don't agree with the laptop either.
    ItsMe89

    Answer by ItsMe89 at 9:15 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • my grandkids have a PC that is just for their use. It does have internet but they can't log on without a password. Their school has a reading program they use online. My 8 yr old GD keyboards 30 wpm. Laptops are too fragile for kids in our opinion. Plus a dsesktop is so much simpler to upgrade.
    GrnEyedGrandma

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 9:17 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • Simplicity, why did you choose a desk top instead of a lap top?

    MrsHouston47302

    Comment by MrsHouston47302 (original poster) at 9:07 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

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