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Family vs Tech

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.

Broken Plasma Screen Broken iPad Broken Nexus4

Total Damage


Score Board

1.4 year old1 Plasma TV
2 iPad screens
2.2 year old1 tablet screen
1 iphone screen
1 iPod Screen
3.Wife1 Phone Screen
1 Camera screen

Device Tally

Device Status Damage Cause
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


  • The text effects used on this page came from here
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