I’ve had to find out the hard way just how destructive kids under 5 can be. I have two young boys, and an ever increasing number of broken devices.
This page is a running tally of the tech devices physically damaged or destroyed by my family.
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|1.||4 year old||1 Plasma TV|
2 iPad screens
|2.||2 year old||1 tablet screen|
1 iphone screen
1 iPod Screen
|3.||Wife||1 Phone Screen|
1 Camera screen
|Samsung 50' Plasma TV||Destroyed||$1700||Son #1 hit it with a toy phone.|
|Canon s100 Camera||Mostly working||$100 (+warranty)||Son #1 held finger over lens, and power cycled it... repeatedly. Wife spilt make up on/in it.|
|iPad retina Gen3||Screen shattered||$150||Son #1 tripped on charging cable, shattered screen. Repaired, Son #1 dropped it onto tiles, shattered screen again.|
|Asus Transformer Tablet||Screen cracked||$150||Son #2 dropped a full money box on it.|
|iPod Touch 2g||Screen cracked||$120||Son #2 threw it onto tiled floor.|
|iPhone 3gs||Screen cracked||$120||Son #2 threw it on the tiles|
Advice for Parents-To-Be
Here are a few tips so you don’t have to share my pain:
- get LARGE rubber/foam cases for any devices your kids are going to use
- a toddler can have a rage attack and destroy a device in the time it takes you to get up and get a glass of water
- Samsung devices are expensive to repair
- Apple parts are fairly affordable, and easy to get
- don’t leave charging cables hanging in places where your kids may (will) trip on them
- devices can be fixed, some times all you can do is laugh