It's Time to Give Your Child a Computer

It's Time to Give Your Child a Computer

At what age should your children get their own computers? New or hand-me-down? Mac or PC? Chromebook or iPad? WSJ’s Wilson Rothman weighs what matters when parents face that major milestone. Photo/Video: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal

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50 Comments

  1. Deku Edits on October 1, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Correction: 9-12 not 6-8
    And, who is going to buy a Dell Inspiron? Their not good, low ram, touch screen? ew



  2. Stimulmechaship 98 on October 1, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I DIDNT EVEN GET MY FIRST LAPTOP AND I WAS PLAYING ON MY PARENTS PC I WAS BORED AND TRIED TO PLAY LAPTOP BUT THEY DIDNT WANT TO GIVE me ;(((
    i was only about to play laptop 6 year old kids gets laptops by their parents
    but im the unluckiest kid in the world
    parents never give me laptop my phone is running slower than every types of phones i tried to play laptop im 12 year old and they should give me a laptop when im 11 years old pls give me laptop father pls give me a laptop 😢😢😢



  3. JakePlayzRBLX on October 1, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    I punch my computer when i got rage playing a fortnite and after punching kissing it XD



  4. Ppeteri Lab on October 1, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    It seems to me, but buying a traveling computer for children (as I understand it) or an iPad for fun seems a little silly to me. Maybe there is a cheaper option (just buy a smartphone)?



  5. MusicManiacGamer on October 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Advertising trash devices. Roasting good devices. (don’t call me an isheep)



  6. Karina Edits And Karine on October 1, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    My moms best friend has 4 kids
    The grandma has a laptop and lets them use it. The 11 year old boy never lets the 8 year old use it
    LIKE WHAT THE HECK MAN ITS NOT YOURS



  7. Real Racer on October 1, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I showed this to my mom



  8. skase on October 1, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    bruh…
    there is a tip.
    “well i need it because of school and (insert your hobby which will give you a job)”

    fun fact, i will tell that to my dad. for a macbook pro.



  9. azpro gaming on October 1, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Get a gaming a laptop



  10. Johns Tech, Vlogs and More!! on October 1, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Bought my children an Imac for there room 5 years ago. I can report that it is still in good condition!!!!!



  11. DatAviation 340 on October 1, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    I didn’t get my first computer until I was 18. Lucky.



  12. SUB TOPEWDS on October 1, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Just use a tablet

    2019 anyone?



  13. UnrealProductions on October 1, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Bring it up to date? If it was an even semi-decent laptop for its time, then it’s not going to need any intensive performance upgrades for doing shit like browsing the web.



  14. Hugo Bross on October 1, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Ehem ehem -classic.minecraft.net-



  15. Nicks on October 1, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    HAHA LOL THE FIRST IS SOO FUNNY GET OFF MY PC LOL



  16. Jonathn24 Wu on October 1, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I bought myself a razer Blade laptop.



  17. lolipop uwu on October 1, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I bought a iMac or what its called well my dad did.
    Than he selled it :))



  18. Theodore Farias 1 on October 1, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    1:40 is she making a stop motion movie without putting her hands out of the shot?



  19. Netsky Music on October 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Laughs in Mac Mini



  20. John Wynn on October 1, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    You killed toys r us



  21. YassinPlayZ YT on October 1, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    0:05 HEY WHY ARE YOU KID USING A LAPTOP YOU HAVE A DESKTOP GODDAMMIT



  22. aldoph glinkler on October 1, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Since when didnt chromebooks have minecraft these bad boys are rockin android marshmallow 6.0 just modded so its a laptop also since when couldnt you use a script to remove parentel control software



  23. Mako Shark on October 1, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Just don’t go cheap Get Something made to last I would say a macbook air 2018/2019 is perfect



  24. A ALS on October 1, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Don’t listen to that guy, get Samsung!



  25. Mads Poulsen MP on October 1, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Im 9 and i just gut a new macbook pro its very good!!!!!



  26. Frank Goldcamp on October 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Ipads they are not laptops



  27. JakePlayzRBLX on October 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    i have windows 8 in my computer



  28. Bot 1 on October 1, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    This was a huge mistake



  29. John R. on October 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    *chromebooks?*

    what are you, broke?



  30. RoyalGobah on October 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    How much u want to bet no parent watched this



  31. Steven Melkonyan on October 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    why do they need a computer when their not going to take care of it anyways? even if your going to buy them a computer it does not have to be new. used is the same, maybe a few marks, but its like 150-300 dollars for used.



  32. Furry Bear on October 1, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Even if I saved up for my own laptop my mom will think I’m waisting my money



  33. Lookipoky on October 1, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I have my own computer….



  34. Humam Hassan on October 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Parents like is it and it said once to get their self a computer am I be asked to be good they would just do game they don’t need to go on yours because Yanni is they go on yours and they will actually find out the information of your company and stuff like that with a sister



  35. 和輪の中「Crystal 」 on October 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I wish MrBeast could buy me a laptop



  36. 100 Subscribers With No Videos on October 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I got a MacBook Air when I was 10 🤦🏻‍♂️



  37. alex burnette on October 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    What is the point of parental controls?



  38. Nathan Matus on October 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    YOU LOOK LIKE MAKE:



  39. Keanu O'Farrell-Carter on October 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I JUST NEED A LAPTOP 💻!!!!!!!



  40. Lillian Rox on October 1, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    No child NEEDS a laptop…what ever happened to good old fashioned reading and playing with toys? Parents need to interact with their kids more smh



  41. MarioMV10 on October 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Even if you say if that 6 year old laptop would be amazing for kids… I don’t think it is very AMAZING FOR ME… I’m very, very good at technology. That’s why



  42. Simpledirt765! on October 1, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Best video ever thanks for posting it my dad bought me a windows surface and a google infinite pad thanks🙏🏻



  43. 【Cotton】 Michicorn モ為フ on October 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    My father left his phone on the table and I brought fishes on his fish game
    I really needed device 😆 My Family Had a computer 5 years old
    It sucks so laggy



  44. Zerity on October 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I had gaming pc when I was 3



  45. DaundeePlays on October 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Kids use computers to watch pr0n



  46. The Fakeone on October 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Mom: What do you want for your birthday

    Me: A 5000$ gaming pc

    Mom:You already have a Windows XP laptop



  47. Lina Jackson on October 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I got my own computer at 9 years old and its a gaming computer not a laptop



  48. NinjaManTNJ on October 1, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Look at these 6 year olds with gaming PCs while I’m over here with a old 1.8 ghz laptop begging for a pc and never getting one



  49. Frank Goldcamp on October 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    You should probably install the newest mac os mac os high Sierra



  50. a talented youtube user on October 1, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    *All the kids in the comments trying to feel special because they can build a computer*