Re: what do you allow your 8 year old to do??
My 10 year old has a Kindle (Christmas present from us and grandparents last year), cell phone (no data, he can use it to text but he never has) and an ipod touch (purchased himself with a years worth of allowance/birthday/Christmas $).
I don't see anything wrong with these things if they are treated appropriately and under the supervision of parents. We always have the internet turned off on each of these until ds asks and then we closely supervise what he's downloading or looking at. We also limit the amount that he usues them...only after homework and chores are done etc. I think with the right atmosphere and teaching elecronics can be great for kids.
hopelessly in love with my US Marine and three little men 12, 7.5 and 4 years<--what! When did that happen?