December 18, 2008 08:23 ET

Get Plugged In: Cutting Edge & Age Appropriate Tech

What Age Is Right for the Latest in Technology This Holiday Season? Offers a Resource

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - Technological advancements happen nearly as fast as our children grow. It can be exhausting to keep up with all the latest gadgets and digital trends -- especially during the holidays. A recent survey of 11,000 families by found 83% of parents are excited by the possibilities of current technologies and the worlds they open up. 69% of the respondents have kids that are uploading pictures to the Internet and using email.

However, as a parent, the question of technology can be complicated. How old should your children be before they're exposed to cell phones, or the Internet, or video games? What technology is family-friendly or off limits?

Luckily, experts in educational research have been studying children's technology and have valuable advice. The website,, has a resource,, that can help parents learn about age appropriate choices for kids and offers forums and additional resources for parents to navigate the choices during the holiday season.

In this accompanying video, Dr. Warren Buckleitner, a contributor for, talks about the site and some of the results from the survey.

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