I often battle with the whole technology scene where my children are involved. I posted earlier this year about how my toddler and five-year old both love the iPhone and iPod Touch. Lately, the toddler is not so interested. However, the five-year old is a different story. He cannot get enough.
I try to be very aware of what he is doing when he has my phone. He seems to be much more interested in playing on my iPhone than using the iPod. I try to sync the same apps onto the iPod, but sometimes I just don’t have time. I have found that I have to watch him very closely lately. With YouTube, he doesn’t always know what he is watching and I have found him watching some things that I do not think are appropriate for a child. For instance, Chad Vadar. It is very funny. And very attractive to a young boy who is very enamoured with Star Wars. But, they do use mildly bad language that I would rather him not pick up on. There are also many animated things on You tube that are quite vulgar, but he thinks it is just a cartoon. Therefore, I have to watch. Last week I finally decided to just turn the restrictions on on my phone and now he cannot access YouTube at all (I think.)
Another reason I have to monitor his iPhone use is that just yesterday he managed to spend $10 purchasing apps. I am not sure how this happened because I have my account password protected. All I can figure is that I had purchased something earlier in the day and so, it did not ask for the password a second time. I now have all of the “talking” characters on my phone. I can now speak into the phone and magically turn my voice into that of Talking Tom (a cat), Talking Gina (a giraffe), Talking Santa, Talking Larry (some kind of bird), Talking Rex (a dinosaur), Talking Rob (a robot), Talking Hippo, Talking John (some kind of blue blob), or Talking Henry (a very cute hedgehog). I have e-mailed Apple to see if they will cancel the transaction, but I think their policy is “all sales are final”. I am just thankful that it was only $10. I have heard stories from other parents of the transactions like these in the $60 range. I have always warned the little urchin about making purchases on the phone. The fact that he cannot quite read yet makes me think that he did not do this purposefully. However, I did tell him that if it happens again, he will give me money from his piggy bank.
So, I am rethinking even allowing him to play on the phone. But, truthfully, this is the day and age we live in. He will be exposed to technology. His life will revolve around it more than ours ever has. So, I don’t really know what I am going to do. I am considering a DS for his 6th birthday. Maybe then I can have my iPhone back.