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(KSAT San Antonio)   The iPad is so easy to operate, even a 3-year-old can use it, if a mugger doesn't steal it from her   ( ksat.com) divider line
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2012-08-22 09:10:52 PM  
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I can understand how some parents may not comprehend the value of having an iPad for your toddlers (or perhaps "the kid" isn't worth a $600 investment), but ours has been a godsend. When my wife was pregnant with Satchel, we bought his iPad two months before he was due, and we loaded it up with apps and media for newborns. I even used it to film the delivery.

It was magical. The first thing the little guy saw coming into the world was the Apple logo, and we even convinced the maternity nurse to let him sleep with it in the nursery (we programmed a playlistism for him filled with songs shown to foster intellectual development.

Anyway, he's 16 months now and his iPad never leaves his side. He uses it to show us what he wants for dinner (we loaded a volume of organic and locally grown foods for him to choose from), what activities he wants to do (his favorite is a language app- we have him learning both Spanish and Farsi) or what media he wants (his favorite movie is "Who Killed the Electric Car" and his favorite album is "World Rythm" by the Ethiopian Folk Project.) It's just so precious seeing him interact through it.

I know he'd be devastated if it was ever stolen, which is why on Sunday mornings (his outdoor time) we don't take it with us.

Poor girl in the story, I hope hers is returned soon.
2012-08-23 11:30:59 AM  
1 vote:
My daughter has been playing with the iPad since about 9months old(18 mo now) She can open it, and unlock it and choose any game (or go to Netflix and watch Dora). She speaks better than any child her age (and most 2year olds) and knows shapes colors and letters better than many 3 year olds. I only let her use it while I take a shower or have a doctors appointment (omg best thing to keep her quiet at the doctor EVER!) and occasionally if I have a migraine or need to be on the computer myself. The problem with the latter of course is then I need to use my husbands computer, so count me in with those considering buying their baby their own iPad. Also for long car trips and airplane rides it's the best toy ever.

/does not have television
2012-08-22 08:58:36 PM  
1 vote:
Meh, I had a tablet when I was 3. It was called Etch A Sketch and it was awesome.
2012-08-22 08:06:54 PM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: You want to talk about robbery? My 7 year old dropped our iPad the other day and shattered the screen.

We took it to the Apple Store and because we didn't have "AppleCare" it cost us more than $250 for a "repair" which was little more than a simple replacement. Then they had the gall to offer us "AppleCare" for $50 more in case this kind of thing happened again.

Now that's a farking racket.

It's a shame you were forced to buy it and then let your daughter play with it.
2012-08-22 07:05:00 PM  
1 vote:
Why I feel bad that the little girl got robbed, I'm not sure why a three year old would have an iPad in the first place unless she's playing with one that belongs to her parents.
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