Alexandria Online: Education, Bandwidth, Learning
Like all things child-related, getting a laptop should be a big deal. Also like all things child-related, it's something that the advertising machine keeps bringing forward for younger and younger kids. For my generation, getting your first wristwatch was a big deal. Getting one with a second hand was a big bonus. Now, they give Disney Princess digital wristwatches away with Happy Meals. Your first camera was another big deal. When's it appropriate to get a laptop? Pffft. When you've earned it. A graduation present. A bar mitzvah gift. Something you get for not crashing the car on the first anniversary of your junior driver's license.