I’ve always been so annoyed (astounded?!) at how many kids I’ve heard of getting iPods for Christmas. So many kids at school come back after Christmas break and say they received an iPod or iTouch or what not…. and I just could never believe it. I mean, I did… but I always thought “who in the hell…”
Well, I am considering becoming one of “those”. Let me explain. When I recently upgraded my iPhone 3 to the 4, I was left with a phone. Just a phone. Its kind of slow as far as GPS etc… but the apps worked fine. However, for 6 months or so its just been sitting in a basket on the counter… my intentions were to sell it online. I could get I think $60-$75 dollars for it. Yes, I know… that’s a decent amount for a used phone (actually… its a perfectly brand new refurbished one as I’d just had it replaced before upgrading).
Now… with that in mind. I have had to put a password lock on my phone because Porter loves to use it in the mornings to watch shows on Netflix or to play games. I then had the brilliant idea….. “Why don’t I give him my old iPhone 3 for Christmas to use only with games!?” He wouldn’t be able to purchase apps (there is a password for my iTunes), but I could get rid of all the games on my phone (more space!) and he’d have his own little handheld game machine! I should also explain… we don’t do video games/handhelds that often here. We have a Wii but we rarely use it. Porter has a Leapster but uses it only occasionally. We don’t have DS’s or DSi’s or PSP’s or or… or… I don’t even know all the names of all the little electronic devices out there for kids HAHA! We only have a few games for the Leapster because OMG at $25/game that can get pricey! If he had the iPod (iPhone 3)… most games are free, and paid games are only $1-$3 each. ALSO… all games are stored on the phone so no little cartridges to get lost. Hmmmmmm….
So what is your opinion on kids with iPods. And I guess its not just iPods in general, because I’m feeling like after writing this that the iPod is just essentially another handheld game device. My only huge concern is Porter being responsible enough for it to take care of it, not drop or break it or lose it.
Would you or wouldn’t you… if you had an old iPhone laying around, unactivated for phone usage… would you consider giving it to your almost-6 year old for Christmas?