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Kids and computers: what age to get their own?

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My ten year old and sixteen year old both have their own laptops. I decided to allow this because they are very good at taking care of their things so I knew they would do fine with having them. The laptops stay in my room and they have to get permission to use them, so there's no unlimited access. I also can use parental controls through my Comcast modem so they cannot access the internet unless I give them permission.


I will not let my kids have their own computer until they are high school aged. We have a family computer that sits in a public room of the house so I can monitor all of their activity. I don't think that kids younger than high school need their own computer. I limit my kids computer time to an hour a day, unless they need it more for a homework assignment.

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