Fellas, if your 11 year old son came to you and wanted a computer for his birthday, would you give him one?

Fellas, if your 11 year old son came to you and wanted a computer for his birthday, would you give him one? If so, what would it be? He should just have something basic like a laptop to play games and do school stuff on, but I don't want him getting into stuff that he shouldn't. What would be ideal for that?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    "Have a ball, kid."

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Chromebook with parental controls

      or if you want him to become a wizard

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Ask him why he wants one.
        >For school
        Do this
        >To learn
        Buy a few SBCs and learn it together with him
        >To game
        Buy two midrange gaming computers and play with him, never ever let him into the computing room alone
        >To consoooom brainrot
        Buy him the cheapest harbor freight tool set and tell him to get cracking together with you on an old car you got from the junkyard to build his character.

        Whatever you do, don't leave him unsupervised with technology.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          you are the gayest fricking homosexual imaginable.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      fpbp
      If I had a kid, they would need to earn the internet.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I wish you were my dad as a kid.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    either a macbook air m1 or a thinkpad

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    First, grats on the child, hope you try your best to be a great father.

    Second, I would prob give him an something along the lines of an old Thinkpad with ubuntu installed or something. He could do text, images and non-video internet with it (for school projects wich needs more he can just ask you), and its cheap / it's not that big of a deal if it gets damaged.

    If you are worried he visits certain websites, I am pretty sure there are many templates for mass restricting kid-unfriendly sites.

    bonus point if you do something like this:
    http://emmanueltouzery.github.io/blog/posts/2016-10-13-teaching-racket.html
    especially the graphics section.

    It can teach your kid important life lessons + how to think

    That was all, bye bye 🙂

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      chromebook with parental controls

      or if you want him to become a wizard

      That's why you'll never reproduce

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I don't want him getting into stuff that he shouldn't.
    Whether you get him a desktop or a laptop, set up parental controls on it. That'll deal with the "stuff he shouldn't get into". Eventually, he'll rebel and remove the parental controls himself. Once that happens, there's no point in trying to further restrict his Internet access.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    shotgun or bow

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    An offline machine with some way to write code and frick around with games like Cheatengine. Some simple multimedia programs and games. Word processing and office applications as well.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I built my first computer when I was in 6th grade. Nothing fancy, it had an AMD apu and 8gb of ram. In total it was like $380 thanks to Black Friday sales. I made it specifically for Minecraft. Just have him build a cheap shitter like I did. It’s a learning experience.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got my first computer at 4 years old. I don't think I would've been interested in computers if it wasn't for that.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    alright, but it runs linux and can only access a very small list of websites that i consider educational.

    the computer can be jailbreaked but only with sufficient understanding of how it works and by doing your literary homework.

    removing the limitations i put on it is the rite of passage you need to go through before being allowed to sail the rest of the web.

    removing the requires knowing about computers, philosophy, history and many other fields.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >ok dad, i'm going to my friends house to play roblox on his computer

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No. Wish I never got a computer so I could be a fricking normie playing sports instead of videogames and going out instead of talking on discord to people that live thousands of kilometers away from me.

    He would thank me years later.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm tired of zoomers thinking they would be something successful if they never had whatever it is they'll blame. Same shit as baby boomers blame everything else but themselves.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You make the active choice to live your life like this though. Unrestricted internet access is like the most pathetic first-world crutch for social maladjustment.

      >t. 2001-born zoomer who’s been on the internet unmonitored since 2006 and is pretty successful

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No. I'd give him an iPad of some kind, depending on how poor I was. Computers qua computers are fast becoming irrelevant. I wouldn't want to saddle my kid with that nonsense when he's going to grow up in a post-PC world.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    probably rasberry diy kit, with fancy box, power adapter, smaller display, cheapest keyboard, mice and usb-stick

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Alright, I'm going to be very real for a moment. I want you to take a moment and disregard, erase every other reply ITT from your mind.

    I'm 25 years old now, for reference.

    My parents gave me a laptop and internet access at the age of 6. The reason I don't have pornographic images of myself from back then scattered around the internet is because they sat down with me, and showed me actual, real events of children being blackmailed for this kind of stuff, shock content on the likes of IQfy, computer viruses and how you get them (by clicking on random shit and installing cracked games), and all the fricked up shit that was happening on the internet. It was unrestricted wild west back then.

    They taught me to never use my actual name, to never mention my actual address, or my district, or my city anywhere on the internet. I got a lecture on using random passwords, and never sharing my credentials with other people, even my teachers at school.

    And, perhaps not shockingly, for the last 19 years I never had any of my accounts breached. I never got doxxed, or blackmailed. I don't think I installed any computer malware because I never had those shitty toolbars or the pornographic ads on my desktop. And even though I discovered IQfy at the age of 13, and it really fricked me up in a lot of ways in my formative years, I learned a lot from this place, especially about technology and programming in general because I tried to use it responsibly with the best of my ability.

    My recommendation is to buy your kid something within your budget, not too expensive but not too cheap either, and sit down to talk about the dangers of internet like you would to an adult. Don't dumb it down, don't go around the uncomfortable facts, because I sincerely believe that if not for the unfiltered warnings from my parents I would be in a different place now.

    Peace.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Alright, I'm going to be very real for a moment.
      >[posts a bunch of clearly-BS doomer shit]
      you wrote all this nonsense when all you had to say was "teach your kid basic internet etiquette"

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't think most people know what basic internet etiquette actually is. I also sincerely despise some people on this website so I decided to be verbose in some parts of my story.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      and now you are jet fighter flying double corporation backed agent lila, your parent scripted it to be so

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My parents let me loose on the internat at the tender age of like 9.
    I was smart enough to know the dangers though.
    Granted when I was 9 it was 1998
    It was truly the wild west of the world wide web

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Amiga 500, just like I had.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Doesn't matter what you do, Discord trannies are going to groom him.

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don't listen to all the mentally ill homosexuals in this thread, they're gonna end up thrown in a retirement home and hated by their kids if they do even end up reproducing
    Just buy the kid a mid range gaming PC, some good peripherals and that's that
    Don't spy on him, don't restrict his time on it, don't block websites, let the kid live
    If he has half a working brain he will grow up on good games and good internet content

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