I'm so happy people who write into this thread have a predominantly negative take on tablets and children's social and educational needs. The day my nieces got their tablets, was the day peace on earth landed in my brother's living room, they stopped their 'attention' wars for daddy's limited time. UNDENIABLE FACT. I can thank people with NO REAL experience for adding their 2 cents worth, but the fact of the matter is they have neither any teaching experience, and the academic understanding, nor any actual experience seeing children interact with tablets and I DO. So thanks for the Thumbs Down, this is another reminder that most parents often have no idea how to properly educate or socialize their children or integrate technology into their lives, WHICH IS INEVITABLE, I might add; and do so in a positive, informed way (that they would rather resist, to their child's developmental detriment). I wasted my time and effort providing a legitimate and academic assessment of the situation, but instead I get the same kind of welcome for my effort, I would expect from being a male teacher at a Feminist convention. Tell you people what, you go ahead and IGNORE REALITY ALL YOU WANT, HIDE YOUR TECH PHOBIA HEADS IN THE SAND... LET YOUR CHILDREN RESENT YOU FOR IT! GOOD ON YOU! BUT MARK MY WORDS, YOU CAN NOT IGNORE THE REALITY OF IGNORING THE CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING REALITY! YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE ESTRANGED FROM THEIR MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY CAPABLE PEER GROUPS, AND LOSE OUT ON THE SOCIAL CONNECTIONS THAT THEY NEED TO DEFINE THEMSELVES AS SOCIALLY VALUED HUMANS, ALL BECAUSE OF THEIR TECHNOLOGICAL 'HANDICAP'. I'm coining this term NOW, because I will make no apologies for being intelligent enough to see the future of 'technologically handicapped' children who are unable to make connections with peers for lack of capability. THAT, and the fact that allowing children to socialize through technology has clear advantages that most parents fail to see, and take for granted. I am NOT going to do share this understanding with the apathetic whiners on this treat, YOU DON'T DESERVE IT! The benefits have been mine to enjoy, seeing my son being able to organize FREE skype chat groups with his mindcraft crew, networking technical solutions for in game challenges, and also share computer soft/hard ware management tips is amazing to see, and he was doing last year, before being a teenager. Now, he's running his Skype chat off his iphone, so he doesn't have to log out of his network even when he get's kicked off the game, or if the game crashes... he worked that solution out on his own, but I taught him how! He's YEARS AHEAD OF WHERE I WAS AT HIS AGE AND NOTHING MAKES ME PROUDER TO SEE HIS SUCCESS AND SKILL LEVELS NOW.. and he has friends 24-7, at his finger tips, his support group is there for him... I'm not worried about his mental health... he's POPULAR! HE's a mindcraft admin, his friends look up to him. TECHNOLOGY MADE THIS POSSIBLE, and I HELPED HIM GET INTO IT. I HAVE NO REGRETS AT ALL! IT'S BEEN A WIN from day 1. I don't have to worry about him getting beat-up or robbed in public by bigger kids who have nothing better to do than thug smaller kids around convenience stores like I had to experience growing up.... PROBLEM SOLVED, they aren't exposed to this so much anymore, they have created their own 100% safe environment and the bullies aren't invited! THIS IS HOW YOU EMPOWER CHILDREN... YOU GIVE THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED, TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS ONLY THEY UNDERSTAND, AND HAVE TO LEARN TO TAKE ON FOR THEMSELVES, AND WIN! I'm not living his life, he's is... our children our in this this situation now, but the choice is yours! Parents can either make them stronger, better and more popular.... or you can sentence them to a life of social alienation, via technological handicap! What's a second-hand iphone cost now days? A second-hand computer? About as much as a parent might spend drinking out with their friends in 1 night! NO EXCUSES! Go get drunk and be stupid, or invest in your child's technological competency, and inversely, their future happiness! I'm going to run this issue by my Think-Tank on Facebook and see what an educated audience has to say!