Editor in Chief of TUAW, Victor Agreda, Jr., decided to get an iPod touch for his kids last Christmas. Being a divorced father, he wants to keep in contact with his kids while they’re with the other parent. What Agreda found was a bunch of experiences that can help to serve other fathers – both married and divorced.
“I do recommend that parents think hard about getting their kids iOS devices before making the leap,” says Agreda. “Most kids I have met under 10 are not responsible enough to ‘own’ an iPod touch without a lot of supervision.”
Agreda’s advice is a little more cautious than the balls-to-the-wall advice we heard back in October when we talked to the WIRED GeekDad Ken Denmead.
Agreda has a little trouble with set-up concerning @me accounts, but gets the iPods functioning. Another hiccup occurs with the parental controls. which Agreda says work “90% of the time.” His beef? Lack of granular parental controls knock out YouTube and Netflix apps instead of allowing for in-app (or otherwise separate) age controls.
Besides a couple of apps mentioned (Skype, Rdio, Frames, Eden), Agreda concludes that supervision is the key to a successful iPod purchase for a kid. Kids maybe more intuitive with technology as they grow up with it, but it’s still up to parents to set limits, be the back-up-your-stuff-nag, and help with gifting apps.
Want to keep talking about iPod apps? Head over to our Podcast Question of the Week and let us know which ones you and your kids like!