I have three children, all ranging in age from 7 – 14 and I have quickly come to the conclusion that one device certainly does not fit all.
They all need so very different things from a computer whether it be for personal or school use and I, as their parent, have been struggling to understand which one fitted which child best and for what reason.
This is made even more difficult when all the 7 year old wants to do is pretend he is a catapulted angry bird or a ninja who enjoys slicing and dicing fruit. Meanwhile, my 14 year old daughter is suddenly having to submit pie charts and assignments heavily featuring trigonometry.
And, if I’m honest, I’ve found the process of trying to work out what device is necessary or suited best to each age bracket, both daunting and quite confusing. I guess the thing is, they are all at very different educational milestones in their schooling lives. My seven year old for example, started school only a few years ago and only occasionally requires the use of a device as he still mostly reads and writes without the assistance of a computer. My eldest who is year 9 on the other hand, requires her laptop for almost everything that she does.
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So then how can we know what we are looking for? Not only which device suits which child but also the necessary memory and processing system required. I, like most people, cannot afford to get this wrong and I simply cannot afford to replace these on a constant basis.
We’ve all been there though, in the huge computer department of the mega store, overwhelmed and harassed by salespeople who have automatically sized us up based on our tech savvy (or lack thereof) and tried to flog us inappropriate products based on the potential commission they could stand to earn from us.
This is why I looked into it and discovered that all devices span all age groups but the way in which they can be used, differs.
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My seven year old who is Year 2, doesn’t actually have his own device yet. He does however, have exclusive use of the tablet that I rarely use. As a writer I find I pretty much only use my laptop. I need a keyboard and a computer that is fast and intelligent. When I was overseas though, I wanted to have something I could pack into my napsack, make notes on, browse the Internet and possibly take photos on. When I returned home though, by default, this became his.