The Apple iTouch is a particularly entertaining and resourceful gadget. Useful apps like the Chinese-English dictionary and Beijing subway guide map make daily living easier. Its main function as an mp3 player is overshadowed by its other functions.
But when the six year old I tutor expressed disappointment after not receiving an iTouch for Chinese New Year, I was shocked. For a child so young, the iTouch is apparently on her list of must-have items.
Parenting.com recently ran an article highlighting the top 25 iPhone Apps for kids. While the article suggests lending the device to kids as a distraction, some parents have taken the next step: buying a child his/her very own iTouch or iPhone.
In an age of technology, is the iTouch (clocking in at about 1400 RMB for 8GB) a necessity or a frivolous, expensive toy? Countless discussion boards have parents mulling over the idea. Should I invest in an iTouch for my child? How educational is it? Is it worth it? Will the iTouch easily break under clumsy hands? These are all things to consider before purchasing.
If an mp3 player is what your kids are after, there are plenty of simpler and more affordable options available. But if you are considering getting your child an iTouch or iPhone, check out this site that reviews kid- friendly and educational apps.
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