What's the right age for a child to have their own computer?

Shannon - posted on 10/13/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )




My husband and I are in disagreement and I'd like other mom's input to understand if I'm overreacting.

My husband wants to buy our 6 1/2 year old daughter her own computer for Christmas. While I am in complete agreement that computer skills are an absolute necessity, I think she is too young to own her own system and especially a new one. I would be more willing to allow her to use our old computer for her learning games, math and reading practice, etc.

Taking the money issue out of it, it just seems too young; what's the right age?


Jodi - posted on 10/13/2012




I actually purchased a computer for my kids when my son was 7. Why? Because our other computers had a lot of our business stuff on it, and important documents, and although this was backed up, we really didn't want them using those. Also, it meant they could use the computer when we needed ours. However, having said that, it wasn't a *gift* to them, as such. So it isn't really theirs, just theirs to use. It is also in a public place in the house, where they can be supervised.

Dove - posted on 10/13/2012




If you HAVE the money issue... I say when they are teenagers and buying their own.

If you DON'T have the money issue.... I say when their homework requires them to use your computer more than you are comfortable with sharing.

We have 4 people in this house and share one computer. It's never been an issue yet.

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Actually, it is up to you and what you believe. We have numerous computers in our house. My husband has one for his study, and a lap top to take to uni. I have one of my own and my husbands old lap top (I always get his hand me downs) and the kids have one for their games so they aren't interfering on ours (also hand me down) and my daughter has a hand me down notebook. Computers are a part of life and living, they are in almost every workplace and are in every school. The key is in how you use it, how often you use it and teaching kids that the computer is merely a "part" of our life, not our whole life. Good luck in your decision making :-)

Firebird - posted on 10/13/2012




When she's old enough to pay for her own and take proper responsibility for her expensive possessions.


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Elfrieda - posted on 10/13/2012




That seems too young to me, too. Maybe I'm too old-fashioned, but I don't want to buy my son a computer until it's time for him to go to college. In my opinion, he can share the laptop with the rest of the family. (he's 2 now and not allowed to touch the "puter" and my husband and I already squabble a bit over the laptop with just the two of us, so we'll see)

Amy - posted on 10/13/2012




We bought one for my son a last Christmas, two months before he turned 6. Actually it's just a netbook that he can use that gets him to the internet websites like nick jr, pbs. He actually says it's not fast enough and he hardly ever uses it so I still end up letting him use my laptop. He always uses the computers in the living room which is a common area. You can get a cheap basic laptop for around $250, which is not too much, although we wouldn't be able to afford it this year.

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