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Old 11-29-2014, 03:26 PM
 
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We just bought our daughter (she's in 8th grade) a MacBook Air. She chipped in some of her own money to get a 15-inch. We'd agreed to buy her a 13-inch.

It should get her through high school.

Our son bought himself an Asus laptop last year for around 600 bucks at Best Buy. He was 16 at the time. It should last into college.

Before that, they've all had desktop computers that we built.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:42 PM
 
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I appreciate all your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this topic and to be honest with you .. I have not considered not buying them a laptop as an option until now. That being said, I guess the reason for wanting to do this besides the fact that they do use the computer to do school projects, get on Edmodo for assignments etc., is the fact that they have been getting straight A's and have both been made members of their respective school's honor society, and wanted to reward them for bringing home good grades.

I have always contended that they should only use the computer located in a common area of the house, but they both have tablets for one year now and have been strictly regulated and have been pretty good in not going to sites that they should not.

In addition, I even have a parental control feature on my Asus router that can restrict their tablet's internet access based on the MAC address. As far as having one laptop for the both of them, that would never work because they squabble over less and sharing time would almost result in fireworks, especially when the older sibling chooses to act like she is the boss of the younger one . All and all, you have collectively provided some very good insights and I appreciate it. Thanks
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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Straight A's and Honor Society? Give them a laptop if that's what they want. They've earned it.
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:50 AM
 
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Straight A's and Honor Society? Give them a laptop if that's what they want. They've earned it.
The funny thing is, they have not asked for anything and the laptop idea is entirely mine because I am an IT professional and know how important it is not to get left behind in this world technologically speaking. However, I am sure they would agree with you
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Jenks, Oklahoma
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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The funny thing is, they have not asked for anything and the laptop idea is entirely mine because I am an IT professional and know how important it is not to get left behind in this world technologically speaking. However, I am sure they would agree with you
Yeah, I bet they would.

I agree with you about not letting them fall behind. I encourage anyone I talk to to get their children tablets or computers at an early age. I honestly think it gives them an edge later.

I did this with one of my brothers a long time ago. He bought a Commodore 64 for his two boys. One of them now makes beaucoup bucks in the industry. Paid off.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Not a parent of young kids, so I would not know. But technology changes so fast that the idea of having the same unit take them through high school might not be workable. It's those darn chnges in OS!
I wouldn't be so fast to think that a machine today will be obsolete four years from now. Hardware improvements have vastly outpaced demands of most users software needs.

I have an seven year old Intel Q6600 based machine that had its mechanical hard drive and fans wear out, and it's not obsolete for general usage after an upgrade to a solid state disk and putting it into a second hand case I had laying around and changing out the fans.
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