My 11 year old would like a tablet or an "IPad Touch" type electronic for the holidays. We are fortunate to have both as hand-me-downs to our family. We have resisted giving her any electronic that belongs to just her but I think she is ready and would be responsible. I'm leaning towards giving her my old IPhone 3. For one, she listens to books on tape and music when she travels and I also know how to use this device since it was my old phone.
So my questions are:
- Is and IPhone 3 (without service) a "good", useful gadget for an 11 year old?
- Does it function without service to the point where she can check email at home and do some basic games and etc.?
- Do you think giving her an Apple product will incline her to want to purchase a lot of extras like music and apps?
- Do you think she will be able to figure out how to get music and books on and off her gadget?
Our other option is a tablet that her uncle passed down to us. I, personally, find tablets to be fairly useless but maybe they are good fit for a child? I like that she won't be inclined to take it places because it is less likely to be lost...but then it seems less useful for road trips and other places where I may like DC to have the option for listening to a book on tape. I also like the idea of her having a device she can dial 911 on, which I think is possible on the IPhone even without service.
I'd love to hear your opinions on this and any other ideas you have as well as what your experiences have been about giving older children/early teens these types of gadgets.
Thanks so much!