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Is (nearly) 9 year old too young for having a Kindle?

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Initial post: 25 Mar 2012 21:36:45 BDT
Frenchie says:
Hello, I hope everyone is fine. I wanted to get advice from parents here who have or have not bought a Kindle for their children, the pros and the cons, why Yes, or why No. My daughter will be nine in a few months, and she really yearns for a Kindle. I am tempted to buy her one when she reaches 9, but at the same time, I wonder if she is too young. I am worried about her going to surf for books and maybe find inappropriate materials. I wonder if there are some parental controls on Kindle like on the computer, because I have not seen any in the settings, but then again, I am not very techno orientated and maybe I have missed them. Her 11 year old bro has one now since December, and he has been very good so far, as I have downloaded tons of books for him. We usually go together on the family PC to check Amazon's books, and he can choose what he wants, or sometimes, I download when I find what I think would be a good read. I suppose I will do the same with my daughter, but I know she likes to be independent too, hence my worry of her going on the Kindle store through the wi-fi. She is very inquisitive by nature, so, I am pretty sure she would try to find her own books (and most probably buy them with one click!!!) .So, what do you think?

Posted on 26 Mar 2012 07:26:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2012 07:27:36 BDT
lizzie says:
im 17 and find the kindle awesome, personally i think you should get her the kindle if she enjoys reading, i understand your worry and you can easily turn the wi fi off or even easier not set it up, i am unsure to parental control settings and the only real concern i would have is if she decided to set up a password i hope this helps, and if the kindlle was out when i was 9 it would have been an awesome present to get. just noticed im on my dads account and just to let you know im a girl named lisa

Posted on 26 Mar 2012 10:17:13 BDT
50 shades says:
I think the same as Lizzie dont turn the settings on I have almost six year old who loves to read and if she asked for one I would get her one as its such a shame to limit there reading. I never put mine down and I mean never Im so addicted to it. On the other side my son whos 11 hates reading but I wouldnt trust him not to leave it laying around where it could get broken anyway. It depends how responsible they are.

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 12:00:52 BDT
Frenchie says:
Thank you Lizzie and K. Walton. I guess she will get her Kindle on her birthday. And thank you for the tip of not setting the wi-fi. Of course, I can do the transfer from the PC.
Advice was really appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2012 16:19:10 BDT
I'm in a similar position. I'm thinking of my buying my passionately bookish 9 year old a Kindle for his next birthday, partly to stop him using mine when I want it! However, I'm worried about the bills he might run up, as he reads about 7 novels a week. Is your 11-year-old's Kindle linked to your credit card/Amazon account? I guess it must be. I like the idea posted by other commenters of keeping wireless switched off, though not sure it will work for my son as he already knows how to switch it on and dowload books, having done it on mine. Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 19:58:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Mar 2012 19:58:30 BDT
Harry112 says:
My Mum (yes i know, i'm a kid in a discussion of adults) doesn't connect my kindle to her credit card. when i want a book i ask her to buy me an amazon gift card and i apply that to the kindle. it's a great way of not running large bills:).

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 20:59:30 BDT
Vicky Mosley says:
My 8 year old wanted a kindle for christmas, as that was all she wanted i bought her one, she loves it and spends hours reading. The kindle has done wonders for her reading as she is allowed to take it into school and she now reads and understands the words in books such as the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini thanks to the really useful built in dictionary, which is a god send no more "mum what does this mean?" Also there are loads of FREE children's books to down load alot of them really good recent books and not just old classics which don't intrest my daughter.

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 23:12:22 BDT
hi i think that if your child wants the kindle & you allow them to have one it's great , i recently got mine from pc world for £89.00 plus 3 years unlimited replacement insurance for a extra £22.00 .as for parental controls - i don't think the kindle has any but if you were worried about them spending lots of money you could delete your card details & apply a gift voucher instead to your account as for downloading any inproper content , you will be able to delete from your account anthing you find unsuitable & you can ask for a refund on unsuitable purchases within one week of a purchase but please don't let your worry of this affect whether you buy the kindle

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2012 12:31:06 BDT
Traffic says:
Hi Harry112,

First of all; I have no problem whatsoever having a kid join the discussion here. It's great to get a kid's view on these things.

Excellent idea about the amazon gift card to get you books for your Kindle, thanks for that tip. You sound like a vary mature and sensible kid. :-)

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 13:01:33 BDT
NickB says:
My 8 year old daughter loves hers. It's pushed her reading forward no end. The only trouble is getting her to stop reading now !
Get a nice cover to protect it and it'll be fine.

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 14:16:09 BDT
My eight year old has a kindle and she loves it. I have activated the wifi as it was more convenient for me. She has never once gone into the store. She has quite a few books on there and re-reads them or just tells me if there is something she wants. If you are worried about the wi-fi, just don't set it up and transfer any books you purchase across using your pc. She won't be able to activitate your wifi herself if you have a wifi password as you have to enter to set it up the wifi access on the kindle, so as long as she doesn't know the password you'll be safe. Go for it!

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 15:20:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Mar 2012 15:22:10 BDT
Luke says:
Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, 6" E Ink Display

As an owner of 3G Wi-fi + Keyboard, I thought I'd take a look and surprised there isn't a means of parent control. Not being a parent, this wouldn't affect me. I'm contributing however that the 3G versions of Kindle make it really easy (and convenient for me) to access the shop. As a result, maybe this is an argument for you to seek to buy an older model, or at least one which 3G is not a feature, therefore as suggested, you can control your purchasing using Kindle for PC and download to the tablet by the cable :)

Posted on 1 Apr 2012 09:03:07 BDT
My children love reading on my kindle. I have found that they have been reading books they otherwise might never have picked up such as Black Beauty or Call of The Wild. We like the fact that i can change the font size to make it larger and easier to read for the younger ones or the less confident reader.

As for going into the store and downloading, if you don't turn the Wi-Fi on you can't access the store. Actually not turning the Wi-Fi on makes the battery last a little longer. Also not enebaling 1-click shopping should help too.

Posted on 1 Apr 2012 09:20:49 BDT
Traffic says:
Oh, and now the Harry Potter books are available on Kindle via Pottermore (the official shop), and you can have the books sent straight to your Kindle. w00t!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2012 11:01:50 BDT
Good point. Thanks so much to you and all other contributors, especially Harry. My son will get his Kindle next birthday.

Posted on 3 Apr 2012 16:02:24 BDT
KGU says:
Any intelligent child is going to know how to set up the Wi-Fi, even if you don't buy a 3G model. Just don't link the Kindle to your credit card, and check what is on it from time to time.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2012 16:05:35 BDT
Traffic says:
Not if they don't have the password.

Posted on 4 Apr 2012 19:46:36 BDT
if it encourages them to read more then theyre never too young just keep an eye on what they are reading.

Posted on 4 Apr 2012 22:09:16 BDT
glitterbug says:
hi, my son has a kindle and its fab, he has the wifi set up but i have not set up the one click ordering so for him to get a book i go on the comp, purchase it using my account/card and it downloads to him without me needing to plud it in. this is fab as i can update books as a surprise or if he is away on weekends with his dad

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2012 11:04:33 BDT
Keith Rayner says:
When you get the kindle for your daughter, try my e book 'Torvig's Gift'. It was written for youngsters and contains nothing that will offend anyone, yet creates intrigue and adventure. There are others in the series to follow.

Posted on 5 Apr 2012 11:23:59 BDT
SX Woman says:
I have come across a fantastic children's writer, Brian Chambers. I think your daughter will like 'Granny Martha Touchstone and her Taser Mobile Phone.' If she likes animal stories, she might also like 'The Adventures of Spike and Squeak'.

Posted on 5 Apr 2012 19:58:39 BDT
I am 11 and would love a kindel for my next birthday. I think because I have something called a 'Cash card' ( a credit card that does not over run.) this would work out ok for me. However I dont disagree in getting your 9 year old child a kindle as my cousin is about the same age and has an Iphone and a laptop! I think that as long as you know you can trust the child you should get them one. Why limit her to not potentially gaining educational value from the books she reads on her new kindle?

Hope I could help. Jordana

Posted on 6 Apr 2012 07:24:45 BDT
Dr. S. Young says:
Both of my children have kindles, all linked to my account. That means that I can distribute books between the kindles using "deliver to" from my account page. First used to channel daughter and son-specific stuff to the appropriate kindle while keeping age inappropriate material on mine. As they are growing up I find that I can release books from my kindle to theirs. Never a problem with either of them ordering from the shop. They know that they need to ask and I will do it after checking the appropriateness of the material. They also know that I get immediate confirmation of all orders to my email account. Four years and no issues, they are now 11 and 13 and still hooked to the point where the kindles are removed to my study after lights out on school days.
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