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Yip Yap Debuts Pipsqueak 'Phone' for Young Kids

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Is this good for children?

by tzsm98    Oct 23, 2012, 11:09 AM

I totally understand the desire of adults to protect their devices from the ravages of little kids. I do not understand providing a cell phone analog to a kid not old enough to handle the real thing.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is no different from the Fisher-Price work bench with plastic tools. Maybe this is no worse than a pedal car, but I suspect it is.

We all know that as adults these children will be using mobile devices and being fluent with them is going to be a key characteristic of successful people. Just as we do not allow the very young to drive their pedal cars in the street because they are unaware of the dangers or unable to compensate for them I have to wonder if we really need to be exposing the younger kids to this.

Very close adult supervision is going to be the key and I am not hopeful based on what I see in other domains.

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