By Paula Ebben

BOSTON (CBS) – Move over Barbie and Elmo, and make room for tablets.

They’re a hot item on kids’ holiday wish lists, but buying one for a child isn’t necessarily an easy decision.

Mom of two Dana Marlowe keeps up with work and family using her iPad, but her three-year-old’s interest in mom’s tablet has prompted the question, should he have one of his own?

WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports

Like a lot of tech-savvy parents, Marlowe sees it as a tool to teach lifelong digital skills, she says her son is already benefiting from kid-friendly apps.

But putting a pricey tech device in the hands of a youngster who may not yet understand how to take care of it, is also concern.

There are a number of tablets cheaper than the iPad or Kindle Fire, just for kids, and kids tech expert Lesli Rotenberg says another alternative is a parent’s hand-me-down, cleaned up.

Make sure that you secure that device. You want to sweep it of any personal information, particularly credit card information.

New tablet or used, she advises setting limits.

  1. DoverDavid says:

    Why doesn’t Dana try to spend some actual time with her kids rather than leave them alone to play with a tablet.

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