I think it's getting harder and harder for parents to teach their kids that they need to spend time outside. I don't agree with the curmudgeonly opinion that things like iPads are bad for kids necessarily, but as more and more of our daily lives are wrapped up in technology, it's harder to deflect some of that away. Kids see what their friends have, and what the media shows, and what the general population thinks is cool and they want that. I grew up watching extremely little TV. I didn't have a video game console. I had a computer when I was 12, but up until that point we just had a TV with no cable that we'd use to watch football on Sundays. The rest of the time, we spent time outside, or reading, or playing our own games. Consequently, as an adult, I now spend time being active, I have a good, fundamental understanding of how to be healthy, and I'm well read. I have trouble believing that an iPad is going to make a kid literary, or creative, even though those things are certainly possible with the technology. edit: to clarify, I think kids should be exposed to technology. They should use technology. I just think that if you give a kid a piece of portable technology, they're going to use it to the exclusion of all else. Make stuff like this available, but there needs to be oversight and limitations. In any event, just out of curiosity, how many of you Idiots got $300-500 toys when you were kids? My parents were well off, but they didn't typically spend multiple hundreds on one present for us. Even when they bought me a nice bike to replace all the beaters I had ridden, it wasn't until I was about 12.