Times are changing

I was at the playground with our son the other day and I spotted two girls huddled in a corner of a play structure. They were about 10 years old and when I looked more closely, I realized they were playing with an iPod Touch. I don’t know, maybe I’m old school, but giving a 10-year-old something that’s worth what, $250 minimum, to play with in the schoolyard? Some people have way too much money! Maybe the iPod wasn’t new. But there wasn’t even a protective case on it. And the parents were not close-by watching the girls. I even wonder if they didn’t actually take it to school that day (the playground is right by a school and was full of school-aged kids since it was right after the end of the school day).

I don’t know. I mean, technology is important and all, but an iPod Touch when you’re 10?

5 Responses to “Times are changing”

  1. Mireille Says:

    Ce qui est inquiétant aussi c’est qu’avec le Wi-Fi presque partout maintenant, les jeunes ont accès à internet facilement avec cette bebelle… Pas sûre que j’aimerais que ma fille de 10 ans ait accès à internet sans ma supervision!

    Alexandre en a un IPod touch (en récompense d’avoir travaillé fort à l’école), mais il est limité dans le temps d’utilisation et les lieux aussi. C’est Martin qui garde le contrôle. Ça n’aurait pas été mon premier choix de récompense, mais au moins, il y a un contrôle parental!

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  3. Anne Says:

    And what about a cell phone? Lots of young kids have them. Mine don’t, but that’s because I’m a very cheap mother…

  4. sophie Says:

    Yeah, I thought you could get away with things like that by saying “you can have one when you can pay for it”… But then, I have a 7-year-old neighbor who saved and collected bottles for over a year so he could buy a portable game player. Although I guess after that much effort he deserved it…

  5. Anne Says:

    Well, it’s when you raise kids you realize it’s not as easy to apply all those rules and values you thought were so important. Whether we want it or not, compromises have to be made every day. Now that my son’s gonna be 17 years old very soon, it’s almost impossible to control the time he spends on internet or tv, or even to make him study. Little kids are, in a way, so much easier to live with.