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What is a good age to get child a computer?

My son is nine. His younger cousin has his own computer. I think nine is too young. A child should get a computer when they're in middle school age because they will have more use for it other than playing games. Grandma keeps nagging me about this.

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my god woman i had a computer when i was 3,well of course it was an OLD computer like a desktop, it was only used for CDs. my grandfather had it anyways so i would play on it. i would play EDUCATIONAL games on a CD thing. winnie the pooh and all that. its fun! kids should have a chance too. ok if there is a family computer then he could use that. but let him use it, he's young. you can also control what websites he goes to with parental controls. but on the other side, yes you dont want him doing too much.. i would say about 12, or when he gets to middle school. he'll need it for homework help too.

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Your so right!
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why thank you. ;)
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He already uses the family computer and only plays educational games on it. Hes been doing this since 3 too. I think it's a matter of responsibility in my case. A computer of his very own will have to wait:)
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Well thats good! see you didn't even need help lol
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When he is old enough to buy his own.

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beware of ask.com his face will be glued to the screen :-

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15. 9yr olds don't need their own computers.

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Incredubella
Get yourself a computer and share it with him. He'll appreciate the company.
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I agree. Nine is too young. My cousin who is 10 is allowed to play M-rated games like Halo, Call of Duty, etc (I think he was allowed to play them at 9), and I wasn't allowed to play those games until about 11 or 12. Do what you think it best for your kid even if others think differently. He's your kid, and you do what you think is best for him :)

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i played games like that since i was 8 :-
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I have been plaing those games for 5 years and I'm 13.
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It depends on if they need it for school or not. I agree with you. That is a tad to young in my opinion. I think 13 years is a decent age, but you are the parent. Do what you think is right.

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8 years old I started to know how to use google so yeah maybe when 8

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Depends on how mature and responsible they are.

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Incredubella

Get yourself a computer and share it with him. He'll appreciate the company.

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If he shows that he is responsible and takes care of what he has now, 13-15 is a good time because he will show more responsibility when he ages more.

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My daughter is 8 and got and android tablet..there not expensive and plenty to do and learn.Really it depends on how responsible your child is and you only know.

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Wow. You must have something wrong with you,Lady. Your kid could get tracked down on one of those devices!
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No actually I am a pretty sane parent,and my husband does IT for a big company.We are well aware of what and what not to do on the device.Thanks for your concern.Some people have 0 common sense SMH
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When they are mature

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The older they get, and if they buy their own, the more responsibility they'll have. They also have to learn that nothing in life comes free, otherwise they'll just take it for granted and think that if it breaks, they can just get a new one no problem. If they lack in responsibility, it's not a good idea, they'll only take it for granted

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15

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I got a computer last year for Christmas. It was a Dell Inspiron M5040. Cheap, efficient, over heats. Still love it. Whenever they NEED their own computer, or they're willing to put nothing else on their Christmas list BUT it.

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depends. if all the other kids have their own computer it is nice for your kid to also own one.
it is easy to become an outsider as a kid

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Mayb college or high school

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I'm 13 and I have a computer but I saved up for it myself. Nine is way to young have him save up for it and then split the cost with him.

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Good for you! :) Sounds like a good idea to me.
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Thank you
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Highly recommend teen years. People know how to track kids down these days!

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If you have one, let him use yours for a few years (with permission). Once he is mature enough not to go on untrusted sites and stuff, get him a computer, but keep in mind, that being a boy, he will want to look at dirty pictures.

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No. Its the tech age. If you were talking about a phone or even an expensive ipad i might agree but if you make him wait firva computer you are putting him at a HUGE disadvantage. Hes likely been using computers in school since kindergarten (my suster teaches kindergarten and they have computers in the rooms, other schools take even pre-k to computer lab) or even pre-k.
You dont have to get him the modt expensive or tricked out computer but he should have something. Should have had simething a couple of years ago at least. Look into Aspire One or similar small sized and cheaply priced netbooks (small, wifi ready compters, priced at 298$ at Walmart and Sams Club). You can always set parental controls to very strict or restrict use only to where an adult can monitor what hes doing.

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they can use a family computer at a younger age, but don't get them their own till high school

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About 11 or 12 seems good

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11 or 12 but remember to add restrictions cus the kids these days are hearing nasty things everywhere weather you like it or not

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13 to 15 I didn't have one when I was nine

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I had one when I was 8, ofcourse I was very mature. So it depends on his maturity. Just make sure he doesn't get to addicted to it. And have rules as well.

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Asus are good. they are good and cheap. depending on what they will use it for the cheap $400-$500 ones are pretty decent. (not for gaming and more complex things, mainly web searching, music, videos and basic things like that)

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they want an age
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i think 15 yrs

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me I think 9 is to young but I got mine in 2004 so I was 9 but this is just my opinion

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i think its ten ten is the age when you have nothing to do and get in your computer :)

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When i was 5, my parents got a windows xp. I was allowed only an hour a day. i got a pretty small laptop and i've been glued to it for a week (last week was my birthday). so around 8, 9 , or 10 is when u should let them have a go!

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10

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i think about 11 or 12

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