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Initial post: Jun 7, 2013 8:55:43 AM PDT
Mom of 2 says:
My 6 YO son has been saving his money for an iPod touch. he finally has $180 and when I went to purchase, I saw that Amazon had the Kindle Fire on sale. I am VERY technology dumb. The main uses will be to play games, use some online websites, practicing his reading, and texting his cousin. Any thoughts on which one we should purchase? And, yes, the extra warranty and the splash-proof/drop-proof case is in the shopping cart. Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:04:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2013 9:07:36 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
If you are "technologically dumb" you need to get technologically smart. No offense, but the internet and stuff that is available very easily can be a terrible place for the child of parents who don't keep up with the issues.

My kids are grown, and married themselves. I have a 5½ year old grandson. His parents are very up on new technology and keep a tight reign on what he has access to. Don't give your son an internet capable device unless you know how to make it safe, and keep it safe. You would never consider letting him in a swimming pool without the proper safeguards, or out to play in the street. Don't do the equivalent with an internet device.

I suggest books, paper books, for reading. For games, if he has saved his money for an iPod, he isn't going to like the Fire. They are sold by two competing companies, and the Fire can't run any app or game designed for iDevices.

I am a huge believer in keeping our young kids unplugged as much as possible. Masses of children hunched over their ipods/iphones drives me crazy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:06:27 AM PDT
Dittie says:
Does he want a 4" screen or does he want a 7 or 8.9" screen? If he saved $180 for an iPod Touch, my guess is he doesn't want a Fire. FYI: The Apple online store has some great deals on refurbs with one year warranty, new battery and entirely new outer shell. The only way to tell it's a refurb is that the box says so.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:16:04 AM PDT
Mom of 2 says:
Sorry, Guess I should have made myself more clear. I am not technology dumb in the sense that I do not know what is on the internet and will not control what he does. I meant to say, I don't know what type of device might be a better deal for what we are wanting to do with it. Thanks for your honest opinion, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:18:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2013 9:26:11 AM PDT
Mom of 2 says:
The only reason he said he wanted an iPod touch is because his cousin has one so we are just trying to decide what might be better and I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on 1 vs the other. It seems like there are several free apps and games that he would enjoy thru Amazon as well as the Apple store. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:24:17 AM PDT
Dittie says:
So he has absolutely no preferrence as to a device he can wear or one that he'll carry around like a book? FaceTime is an iOS thing. Home sharing when his cousin is at your house or he's at his cousin's house is an iOS thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:25:15 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:29:47 AM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
"and texting his cousin."

As you mentioned texting, I wanted to bring up one other consideration.

Texting, in the common usage of the term, is most commonly done via a cell phone connection. That said, there are some texting apps which use WiFi connections, but many require that all recipients have the same texting app loaded to their device. You would want to make certain if his cousin is using a texting app, that it is one that is compatible (available) for whatever device you elect to purchase. Some iOS (Apple) apps do not have equivalent versions available for Android and/or Kindle Fire devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:38:53 AM PDT
Reported.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:42:09 AM PDT
Mom of 2 says:
Thank you, Tinker-bella! This is the info I was looking for. I will check to see. This is certainly something I will look into before purchasing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:43:12 AM PDT
 Ann says:
Me too. The report link is getting quite a workout this morning...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 9:44:56 AM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
You're welcome, Mom of 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 10:30:27 AM PDT
Sarida says:
He wants the iPod. I would get him that. People want what they want.

He's six. He can read regular books. He can spend time with you going to the library, and getting involved in their programs.

AND it's his money. If YOU want to buy him the Fire, then go for it.

Believe me, I'm the most "parents should be in charge" person on this entire forum, and even I think he should get the iPod.

I would also suggest looking at the Apple refurb page. You get the same warranty as new, and that will leave some extra money for that protective case he will have to have.

Then monitor absolutely everything he does and limit his time on the device to xx minutes per day. It's summer. He needs to be outside riding bikes and playing in the dirt.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 10:32:05 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Me, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 10:45:01 AM PDT
Yeah, if it were my kid, and HE had saved up HIS money, thinking he wanted a certain thing, I know if I steered him in another direction, or even said, "Hey, why don't you think about _____?", if he hated it, he'd blame me. "I wanted the _____." (*grumble*)

If he thinks he wants an iPod, he has his reasons. And if he later wishes he got something else, it was HIS choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 10:48:51 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Oh, believe me. When they are 30, they remember junk like that and throw it in your face at which time you can mention that they tossed an entire bowl of rising bread in the floor furnace.

Uhm...not that I know that from personal experience.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 10:51:54 AM PDT
HAHahahahahah! That's awesome. My daughter's was when she wanted to try my embossing tool. On a piece of thin paper. On top of my mother's buffet. The marks are still there.

My son bounced a spongey ball into the toilet, and instead of fishing it out, or telling someone, he FLUSHED it. It got stuck, swelled, lodged, and we had to have the entire toilet REPLACED.

When I was 10, I shot out the sliding glass door with a pellet gun. Yep, yep, yep.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 10:53:46 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
This. Those hot dogs we didn't stop to get are still tossed in our faces. Sometimes with great seriousness.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 10:55:57 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
If he has seen an iPod and has played with an iPod then get him the iPod.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 11:00:33 AM PDT
Just be careful with "free" apps and games. Those almost always come with ads, some of them not really appropriate for kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 11:00:45 AM PDT
Sarida says:
It's fun to be a parent!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 11:01:06 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I loved your phraseology. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 11:01:38 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I'm not sure they are appropriate for me.

What they can do with anime is amazing....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013 11:05:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2013 11:09:11 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
We raised 3 boys and a girl. She is the youngest, now an amazing 26. But man, she can still be bitter about the funniest things. Many of those stories are now becoming funny, even to her.

My kids were witness to some of my personal finest moments. Or is that finest personal moments?

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 11:07:30 AM PDT
Mom of 2 says:
Thank you all for your comments. While I appreciate your parenting advice and opinions, I was really trying to get practical advice and information on the differences on the two electronic devices. I have a great relationship with my son, we actually discuss things. When he is not outside getting dirty by playing, riding his bike and running around being a little boy, he wants something to read on and play a few games that his daddy and I monitor. We BOTH want his money to go to the best deal and want to make the most educated decision regarding the purchase. Yes, I have researched but thought this would be a good place to get honest opinions by people who actually have and use the products. Our only reference for either device is a cousin with an iPod touch and a babysitter with a Kindle Fire.
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